Singing Friends Chorus celebrates 10th anniversary

This is the 10th anniversary of the Singing Friends Chorus and the ensemble will sing in three events: Christmas Concerts, Mini-Concerts, and the Glencoe Holly Days Sing-Along.
The Singing Friends Director, Karen de Boer of Glencoe, rejoices in her leading the singers for 10 years. The keyboard accompanist, Carrie Knott of Winsted, has played the black and white keys for the same amount of time.
Eight chorus members have been faithful in singing for 10 years. They are, sopranos: Betty Diers, Winsted; Diane Hoffman, Hamburg; Juliene Klaustermeier, Norwood Young America; and Margaret Stoeckmann, Hamburg. Alto: Bev Mellgren, Norwood Young America. Tenor: Roger Sauerbrey, Norwood Young America. Basses:  Don Herrmann, Waconia and Earl Wendorf, New Germany.
Two Christmas Concerts are booked on Dec. 7 at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 211 Adams Avenue South, New Germany, and Dec. 8 at Church of Peace, 424 Franklin Street North, Norwood Young America. All concerts begin at 2 p.m. and a reception follows.
The Singing Friends Chorus presents the majestic, “There Shall A Star From Jacob Come Forth” from Felix Mendelssohn’s oratorio Christus; Benjamin Britten’s shimmering lullaby, “Balulalow;” and John Purifoy’s newly-composed work, “And On Earth, Peace.” The Chorus sings Amy Grant’s reflective song, Breath of Heaven,” and “Christmas Time is Here” from A Charlie Brown Christmas. There are choral arrangements of familiar carols such as “O Tannenbaum” and “Away in a Manager.” Plus, the Chorus presents a couple of rousing spirituals, “Child of God” and “Amen.”
Second, the Singing Friends Chorus will perform two Mini-Concerts. They are Tuesday, Dec. 17, at The Harbor in Norwood Young America, and Tuesday, Jan. 7, at The Crossings in Waconia. Both concerts are at 7 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.
Third, the ensemble celebrates Christmas in Glencoe on Friday, Dec. 13. After the Holly Days Parade (about 6:20 p.m.), the Singing Friends Chorus will entertain in the Glencoe City Center parking lot. The Chorus sings Christmas and holiday songs — leading parade-goers in a sing-along after the parade.
The 30 members of the Singing Friends Chorus perform in Carver, McLeod, Sibley and surrounding counties. They are from Cokato, Cologne, Glencoe, Green Isle, Hamburg, New Germany, Norwood Young America, Waconia, Watertown, and Winsted.
The SATB choir presents two annual singing events: Christmas concerts in December and Spring musical shows in April/May. The Singing Friends Chorus sing a wide range of musical compositions, including Broadway musicals, folk songs, patriotic numbers, world music, spiritual songs, classical choral music, and popular tunes from all different eras.
Central to the Singing Friends Chorus are two songs which have been key for ten years. The Chorus experience is captured by one of the group’s favorite pieces, “How Can I Keep From Singing,” which has become a signature number for the Choir. And the other song, “Preist Gott,” is the backbone anthem which is sung at the end of each concert. It is the majestic German Prayer giving thanks for a beautiful concert.
The central Minnesota singers range in age from their 30s to their 80s, and come from many walks of life. The Chorus believes that singing is a joyous happening and should not be limited to people of a certain age or level of musical training.
For more information or to volunteer to sing in the Chorus, contact de Boer at (320) 864-2742.

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