East Central Minnesota Chorale presents spring concerts

The East Central Minnesota Chorale, under the direction of Mark Potvin, will present its spring dinner concerts, May 10, 11, and 12. Tickets for the dinner and concert are $25, and must be purchased in advance.

The East Central Minnesota Chorale will present its spring dinner and concert on Saturday, May 12, at Spectacular Events Banquet Center in Isanti.

Titled, “Our Heart’s Land, America in Song,” the concert will feature a wide variety of American music. From hymnody to folk song, and from tin Pan Alley to Carnegie Hall, music has long been used to reveal what it means to be American. The land, people, and legacy of this nation have often been defined in part by the work of musicians who have tried to express their love of their country in song. Some composers intentionally sought to capture the flow of history in a musical snapshot.  Others set out to create great music and in doing so produced something that transcended life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

From spirituals to patriotic songs, from folk songs to Broadway, with music from great American composers like Copland, Bernstein, and Rene Clausen, as well as arrangements by Moses Hogan, Stephen Paulus, and John Leavitt, this concert sings to both the heart and land of America.

• Thursday, May 10, the Chorale sings at Northern Lights Banquet Center, Hwy. 169 in Pease, six miles north of Princeton.

• Friday, May 11, the Chorale, joined by the Unum Vox high school honors choir, sings at Abundant Life Church, Hwy. 95, just west of North Branch.

• Saturday, May 12, the Chorale and Unum Vox sing at Spectacular Events Banquet Center, Co. Rd. 5, just east of Isanti.

For all concerts, seating is at 6:15 p.m.; dinner and concert at 6:45 p.m.

Tickets must be purchased in advance, by May 5. They are on sale at K-Bob Café in Princeton, County Market in North Branch, and Leader in downtown Cambridge. Members of the Chorale and Unum Vox also have tickets for sale.

For more information visit www.eastcentralmnchorale.org.

This concert is funded in part by a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council, provided by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage “Legacy” Funds, appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008.