AITKIN -- At 7:30 p.m. Monday, the auditorium at Aitkin High School will echo with the sounds of choral music.
Directed by Bryan Johnson, the Concert Choir will begin the Christmas program with "The Creation," a rock cantata by David Bobrowitz and Steven Porter. Written in the early '70s, this composition includes a rock band and several soloists. Playing the accompaniment will be Katie Schwaderer, keyboard; Jon Thompson and Doug Landsverk, electric guitars; Brian Rom, bass guitar; and Ryan Lake, drums. The soloists will be Andrea Blake, soprano, and Eli Nelson and Andrew Heggem, tenors.
The choir will conclude its sacred portion of the program with "Let All Creation Celebrate," accompanied by hand bells and piano.
Two separate hand bell choirs, directed by Kelly Blake, will perform three selections each. The members of these groups are also singers in the Concert Choir. Their songs will include arrangements of Christmas carols, as well as original compositions for hand bells.
The Madrigal Singers will present "We Want to Be Ready" by Don Besig, "Gently the Wind is Blowing" by Mozart, "Deck the Hall" arranged for an a cappella ensemble, "Little Toy Trains" by Roger Miller, and John Rutter's version of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas."
The Varsity Choir (60 ninth-graders) will open with "Alleluia, Hodie!" by Gordon Young, followed by an arrangement of the spiritual "Little Baby Jesus." "Sing a Song of Joy" by Jack North and "Christmas Time" by Bryan Adams will conclude its portion of the program. This last song will be accompanied by Kelli Peysar, chimes, and Katrina Schwartz, drums. Playing piano for this choir will be Becky Klingelhofer.
The Concert Choir will return for the last segment of the program. The theme will be "Caribbean Christmas," complete with costumes and choreography. The songs will include several African carols with percussion accompaniment and movement. "Little Saint Nick," by Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, will feature the male voices in the choir. A medley of three familiar carols, but with a calypso rhythm and instrumentation, will include "Here We Come A-Caroling," "Jolly Ol' Saint Nicholas" and "Deck the Halls."
The final song of the program will be "Peace, Peace" by the Concert Choir and hand bells, with the audience joining on "Silent Night."
The concert is free and the public is invited to attend.
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