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Brainerd area chorus has local ties

WILLMAR -- The Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota will present "A Clausen Collage" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar.


Now in its eighth season, the chorale was created by artistic director Sarah Aamot in the fall of 2001. Aamot is a Willmar native, and graduated from Willmar Senior High School in 1984.

Several singers in the group also have strong ties to the Willmar area: tenor Bob Nibbe is a 1976 graduate of Willmar; soprano Carol Smith and her husband, Mike, were music teachers in Willmar in the early '80s and also owned The Music Store; accompanist Laura Raedeke lived in Kerkhoven and performed frequently with area musicians; alto Sarah Winge is a 1983 graduate of New London-Spicer High School; Suzanne Motyka lived in Dawson for 20 years; alto Roz Haapajoki is a graduate of Willmar Community College; and bass Stan Wielinski taught briefly in the Renville-Sacred Heart school district.

Repertoire for the spring concert series, "A Clausen Collage," is comprised entirely of choral masterpieces by Minnesota composer René Clausen. He is an internationally recognized composer, conductor of choir at Concordia College in Moorhead and founder of the René Clausen Choral School.

Tickets are $10 for adults; those 18 and under will be admitted free. Tickets are available at Calvary Lutheran Church and at the door. The church is located at 302 Olena Ave. S.E. in Willmar.

Young Artists, orchestra concert set

WILLMAR -- The Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra presents a concert featuring the winners of their Young Artists competition at 3 p.m. Sunday at WEAC.

They are Whitney Brouwer, trumpeter from Raymond, Claudia Finsaas, violinist from New London and Shelly Sommers, soprano from Willmar.

The orchestra will play other selections as well, including Schubert's "Unfinished Symphony," Benjamin Britten's "Matines Musicales" and "Harry Potter Symphonic Suite" by John Williams.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $5 for children under 12, and a family pack of two adults and unlimited children is $25. All are available at the door. WEAC is located at 611 Fifth St. S.W. near downtown Willmar.

Prairie Chorale spring concerts set

SPICER -- The Prairie Arts Chorale spring concert series "Island Magic" will be performed at several area sites in the coming week.

The first concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Faith Lutheran Church in Spicer. Next weekend there will be a concert at 7:30 p.m. April 30 at Unity Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg; 7:30 p.m. May 1 at Marshall Middle School and 4 p.m. May 2 at Esteboe Performing Arts Center in Redwood Falls.

The vocal ensemble of 25 singers from southwest Minnesota is under the direction of Dr. Patricia Kazarow. "Island Magic" will visit islands all over the world. Attendees will experience the music at various ports of call, including Manhattan, the Caribbean islands, the British Isles and the islands of the Pacific.

Among the selections will be "New York, New York," "The Banana Boat Song," "Jamaican Market Place," "Loch Lomond" and "Bali Hai."

Advanced tickets are $10, available at Rhodes Family Foods in Clara City, Warren's BP in Prinsburg, Guidepost Pharmacy and Tersteeg's Holiday Market in Redwood Falls, Cash Wise and Whitney Music in Willmar. Tickets are $12 at the door for adults; 18 and under admitted free.

Barbershop quartet in competition

WILLMAR -- "Sound Image," a quartet from the Willmar chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, will be competing along with 13 other quartets at the Central States District's Spring Convention in Sioux City, Iowa, Friday and Saturday.

There will also be choruses competing at this event. Quartet and chorus winners will have a chance to compete at the International Convention in Philadelphia this summer.

Recycled Percussion concert Sunday

MARSHALL -- Recycled Percussion, a finalist in NBC's 2009 fall America's Got Talent competition, will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday in the R/A Facility on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University.

Recycled Percussion's live performance is considered to be the peak of on-stage percussion extremity. Performing on everything from their signature "trash" kits, including plastic buckets, huge ladders, mortar casings and 50-gallon containers, the band of two drummers, electric guitarist and DJ "keeps the audience on its feet throughout the 80-minute show."

The band is said to have "single-handedly brought the terms 'power percussion' and 'junk rock' into mainstream music circles with its show, which features hard-rock drumming led by the world's fastest extreme drummer, Justin Spencer, and hip-hop grooves spun by 'DJ Dirty Soul.'"

General admission tickets are $5 at the door; doors open at 6 p.m.

'Dancing in the Street' at UMM

MORRIS -- The University of Minnesota, Morris Dance Ensemble will present "Dancing in the Street" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday in Edson Auditorium on the Morris campus.

The theme will resonate throughout the production with a large ensemble dancing to the title song. Students choreographed most of the dances, including salsa, swing and hip-hop styles.

During spring semester, more than 150 students participated in Dance Ensemble. This will be the final Dance Ensemble performance for 30 seniors participating in the show.

Senior Kelly Herzberg of Paynesville has been involved with Dance Ensemble since a freshman. She has choreographed seven dances and been on the Dance Ensemble Board for two years.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students and will be available at the door or contact the Office of Student Activities at 320-589-6080 or

Ridgewater stage production to open

WILLMAR -- The Ridgewater College Theater will present "Beyond Therapy" at 7:30 p.m. April 28 through May 1 at the Willmar campus theater.

In the play, Bruce and Prudence are in therapy. Prudence's macho therapist is urging her to be more assertive while Bruce's wacky female therapist wants him to meet women by placing a personal ad. Bruce doesn't know how to handle poor nervous Prudence and Prudence doesn't know what to make of her unpredictable new boyfriend. They do learn to live beyond therapy in this Off Broadway hit that moved successfully to Broadway.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and can be reserved by calling Sally Borgos at 320-222-7605.

Women's concert Sunday

APPLETON -- A concert by women will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the '52 Wing in Appleton. It will feature the Lac qui Parle Valley High School girl's choir, women from the University of Minnesota in Morris and other women singing country music.

Tickets are $7 for adults, 18 and under admitted free, and are available at the door.

Afternoon of music in New London

NEW LONDON -- An afternoon of music will feature music and humor from the "Monongaelics," some of New London's fine artist musicians, at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Little Theatre in New London.

Refreshments served after the show; free admission.

Concert Sunday in Montevideo

MONTEVIDEO -- The Chord Ayres and the Montevideo Area Community Band will present a concert at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Montevideo Fine Arts Center.

The freewill donations will to the Montevideo Scholarship Fund.