“Sing We Now of Christmas,” the fall 2016 Concert Series of The Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota, runs December 9, 10, and 11, in Nisswa, Aitkin and Brainerd. The chorale will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra, and the Dec. 9th and 11th concerts will feature a children’s choir comprised of District 181 fourth-graders!
Under the direction of Sarah Aamot, accompanied by Laura Raedeke, and supported by guest instrumentalists, repertoire for the series includes exciting arrangements of popular Christmas tunes, old and new. Each concert will open with “Joy to the World” complete with orchestra and audience participation. Other songs include “Adeste Fideles” (“O Come, All Ye Faithful”), “See Amid the Winter’s Snow,” “Sing We Now of Christmas,” “Children, Go Where I Send Thee,” a jazz arrangement of “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” a beautiful rendition of “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” and the novelty piece, “A Musicological Journey Through the Twelve Days of Christmas.” A 30-voice children’s choir, made up of 4th graders from the Brainerd district elementary schools, will join the chorale and orchestra on three numbers: “Candlelight Carol” (by John Rutter), “Climb to the Top of the Highest Mountain” by Minnesota composer Carolyn Jennings, and “Night of Silence,” a beautiful partner song that includes the popular tune, “Silent Night.”
Concerts are scheduled for Friday, December 9, 7:30pm at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa; Saturday, December 10, 7:30pm at The Butler Building (Opera House) in Aitkin; and on Sunday, December 11, 3:30pm at Tornstrom Auditorium (804 Oak St) in Brainerd.
Concert tickets are $12 for Adults and Seniors, and free for students age 18 and under. Tickets are available at the door 30 minutes prior to performances, or in advance at the following locations: Brainerd Dispatch and Lakes Printing in Brainerd, Bethany Bookstore in Baxter, and the Aitkin Age in Aitkin. You can also call 218-270-8020 to leave a ticket order message for Ed Yunker, Board President of the Legacy Chorale.
The Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota has graced area stages since 2002 under the direction and leadership of Sarah Aamot. They are a group of “ordinary people” presenting “extraordinary performances”. Their mission is “to ensure the legacy of excellence in choral music in the greater Minnesota area, while enriching, inspiring and renewing the communities in which we live.” They are governed by a nine-member board and group membership is by auditions which are held twice a year.
The Legacy Chorale includes 50-70 vocalists at any time of all ages, representing a number of greater Minnesota communities: Aitkin, Backus, Baxter, Brainerd, Breezy Point, Crosby, Crosslake, Deerwood, East Gull Lake, Emily, Garrison, Hackensack, Ironton, Lakeshore, Little Falls, Longville, Merrifield, Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Pillager and Pine River. The Legacy Chorale has held performances in Aitkin, Brainerd, Baxter, Crosby, Crosslake, Deerwood, Hackensack, Little Falls, Longville, Pequot Lakes, Perham, Minneapolis, Moose Lake, St. Cloud, Staples, Wadena, Walker, Willmar and White Bear Lake.
The organization is funded by member fees, fundraisers, community donations, ticket sales, and grants. The Legacy Chorale is participating in “Give to the Max Day” on Thursday, November 17. The next event will be the annual Waffle Breakfast on Saturday, February 25, 2017, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at the intersection of Hwy 210 east and Cty Rd 3 (Mill Ave) from 9am-noon. The Spring 2017 Concert Series is Brahms Requiem and will be presented April 21, 22 & 23rd, locations to be announced. More information and a full schedule of season events can be found at www.legacychorale.org. “LIKE” the Legacy Chorale on Facebook to get current notices of concerts and activities.