The East Central Minnesota Chorale, Mark Potvin, artistic director, will celebrate its 30th Anniversary with a gala spring concert, Saturday, May 14, at 8 p.m., at the Richard Hardy Performing Arts Center, located in the Cambridge-Isanti High School, 430 8th Ave. NW, in Cambridge.
Joining the chorale will be Unum Vox, the chorale’s regional honors choir for high school students. Unum Vox will be led by guest director and Latin American music specialist, Prof. Tony Guzman. Also leading the chorale will be former directors David Clarke and Dennis Port.
In addition to many old favorite choral anthems, the program will feature the world premier of “Seasons of the Heart,” by René Clausen, a four movement work, with instrumental accompaniment, specially commissioned by the chorale to celebrate its 30th anniversary.
A special reception, free and open to the public, to honor the chorale’s many patrons as well as past and present singers, will begin at 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. A collection of chorale memorabilia from throughout its history, as well as the newly written book, “Thirty Seasons of Song – a History of the East Central Minnesota Chorale,” by Lindsay Lee Johnson, will be on display.
Tickets for the May 14 concert at $10, are available at Leader in Cambridge and K-Bob Café in Princeton, as well as at the door an hour before the concert. Tickets are also available from chorale and Unum Vox members. People age 17 and under are admitted free and do not need a ticket.
This concert is made possible in part by funds from the East Central Regional Development Commission and East Central Arts Council as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature.