Pie-Alluia Chorus hosts a visiting director

Dr. Harry Johansen will lead the Pie-Alluia Chorus this year at the annual Braham Pie Day celebration on Friday, Aug. 5. Johansen, of Luck, Wis., is a retired choral director who guides singers by helping them create images for reaching the high notes, as well as the right notes. His wife Chris will provide keyboard support. All voices and abilities are invited to join the Pie-Alluia Chorus in Braham and learn a 30-minute repertoire of pie songs to perform at the pie festival.

The Pie-Alluia Chorus invites everyone to sing along during their set on the Braham Pie Day stage at 12:30 p.m. Better yet, join the chorus. Photo by Heidi Seals

A rehearsal is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church on West Central Drive and Co. Rd. 4. The repertoire includes “Pie in the Sky,” “Paella,” “Billy Boy,” “Sunshine Pie,” “The Rhubarb of My Eye,” by Larry Long and the Braham community, the “Pie-Alluia Chorus” by a very famous composer of years gone by, and “Pie R Pi” by Malcolm Dalglish.

The colorful and costumed chorus will perform as roving minstrels at Elmhurst Commons and Park Manor in the 11 o’clock hour, and will sing on stage at 12:30 p.m. in Freedom Park.

There is no cost to participate. “If you love to have fun singing, we welcome you,” say choir members. If you know of some pie songs that we should incorporate into our play list, let us know by leaving a message at the Pie Day office, 320-396-4956. Pie folk costumes are provided.”

Braham is “The Homemade Pie Capital of Minnesota,” and celebrates that status with a pie festival each year on the first Friday in August. For more information visit www.pieday.com. or Facebook.