Reserved seating tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for students 12 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at Music General, 416 S. Seventh St., Brainerd, 829-0076, or at the door before the performance.
The show will feature line dancers performing a condensed version of the classical ballet "Sleeping Beauty." Dancers in lead roles are Michelle Reed and Whitney Shepherd as "Aurora," Danielle Reed as "Lilac Fairy" and Lindsey Koop as the evil Carabosse.
Victoria Olender and Wilor Bluege, guest choreographers from Minneapolis and the St. Paul City Ballet in St. Paul, have been working since September with Music General ballet instructor Mabel Tamasy and the students to create this holiday program.
Aitkin High School choirs to present Christmas program
AITKIN -- The Aitkin High School Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers and Fists of Fury Handbell Choir will present their annual Christmas concert 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Aitkin High School auditorium.
Admission is free.
Bryan Johnson and Kelly Blake will direct and Becky Klingelhofer will accompany on piano.
"Run to Bethlehem," by Douglas Wagner for mixed voices and handbells, will be used as the processional. The choir will perform several carols about the shepherds in the Christmas story. "O Listen to the Angels' Song" by Roy Ringwald will include flutes played by Jenny Moe and Becky Lammers, keyboard bass by Samantha Stauffer and percussion by Christopher Becker.
The Austrian carol "As Lately We Watched," arranged by Charles Black, will feature a solo by senior Bethany Beck. Up next will be "Little Drummer Boy" and "The Shepherds' Chorus" from the opera "Amahl and the Night Visitors" by Gian Carlo Menotti. The soloists for the three kings will be Tim Persons, John Panchyshyn and Nathan Heggem.
The Madrigal Singers, an ensemble of 12 vocalists, will perform a variety of seasonal music. They will open with "So Now Is Come Our Joyous Feast" by Arnold Freed, followed by an a cappella arrangement of "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming" by Michael Praetorius. "The Cherry Tree Carol," a Kentucky folk song arranged by Henry Hallstrom, will feature bass solos by Adam Mehr, Nathan Heggem and Jared Shanholtzer. The final two songs by the Madrigal Singers will be "Ukrainian Bell Carol" by Leontovich and "Soon It Will Be Christmas Day" by Ben Peters.
The Fists of Fury Handbell Choir will perform arrangements of three seasonal selections. "Go Tell It on the Mountain," arranged by Dobrinski, will be followed by "Twas in the Moon of Wintertime" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," both arranged by McChesney.
The Concert Choir will return with songs about Christmas trees. "Light Up the Tree," an up-tempo carol by Douglas Wagner, will be contrasted with a mellow composition by Harry Simeone called "Christmas Tree." It will include a soprano solo by senior Megan Ladd. The choir's next selection, "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas," was written by Meredith Willson and later arranged for a cappella jazz voices by Mac Huff. "Simple Holiday Joys" by Jerry Fisher will include flutes by Kristin Penoyer and Justine Wagner. "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" by Johnny Marks will include choreography for the choir by Ladd, Sarah Ibanez and Brenda Smith.
The closing number will be "Silent Night" for the choir and audience.
Devil's Flying Machine to perform at Eclectic Cafe
Devil's Flying Machine, a Duluth-based duo featuring Charlie Parr and Christian McShane, will perform 8 p.m. Saturday at the Eclectic Caf in downtown Brainerd.
Admission is free.
Parr, a roots musician, and McShane, an experimental musician, fuse their two styles. They describe the result as a hybrid that lies somewhere between the bayous of Louisiana and the underbelly of a New York subway.
Parr and McShane will perform at January's Sundance Film Festival in Utah to support the film, "Who Killed Cock Robin?" directed by Travis Wilkerson. Parr co-starred in the film and McShane recorded the soundtrack.
For more information, consult www.charlieparr.com
Dinner theater slated in Pequot Lakes
PEQUOT LAKES -- The Our Savior's Lutheran Drama Team will perform the dinner theater production, "No Room at Uncle Phil's Diner," 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the Pequot Lakes High School cafeteria.
Tickets, priced at $10 for adults and $5 for children 11 and younger, are available at Our Savior's Lutheran Church office in Pequot Lakes. Canned food items for area food shelves will be accepted.
The Christmas-themed production takes place in a diner in the 1950s.
For more information, call (218) 568-4670.
Brainerd native performs with St. Olaf choir
NORTHFIELD -- Kate Olson, Brainerd, performed with the Manitou Singers during the St. Olaf Christmas Festival Dec. 2-5 at St. Olaf College in Northfield. The freshman is an alto in the women's chorus.
Minnesota Public Radio plans to broadcast the concert. For information, consult www.stolaf.edu.
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