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Chorale, Choir, Chamber Singers to perform

Oct. 31: University Chorale, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [10-25-11]

The University Chorale, Concert Choir and Chamber Singers of Minnesota State University, Mankato will host three performances next week.

The student choral ensembles will perform their first concert of the school year Sunday, Oct. 30, at 3 p.m. in Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center, with a repeat concert Monday, Oct. 31, at 7:30 p.m.

The Concert Choir and Chamber Singers also will host the Choral Invitational Concert Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in St. Peter & Paul’s Catholic Church, 105 N. Fifth St., performing with a number of area high school choirs. The performance will culminate with a massed choir piece with 200 participants.

The Chamber Singers, directed by David Dickau, will perform a variety of pieces from the Renaissance period, including two madrigals. They also will perform two traditional folk pieces: A traditional Scottish tune, “Ae Fond Kiss,” based on a Robert Burns poem, and a Spanish piece, “Como Aguas Tibias,” including string bass and piano.

The Concert Choir, also directed by Dickau, will perform well-known choral pieces, including “Nun danket alle Gott,” a German hymn tune, and Eric Whitacre’s “i thank you God for most this amazing day,” based on an e.e. cummings poem.

The ensemble also will perform some of Dickau’s original compositions, and will finish their portion of the performance with an unusual piece, “Jabberwocky,” which Dickau says “is fitting for the Halloween season, with its goofy words and special instruments.”

The University Chorale, directed by Rodney Urtel, will sing music representing contemporary and classical composers and a selection from “Phantom of the Opera.”

Admission for all three performances is $9, $7 for students with a valid MavCard, and $6 for other students (K-12) and children. Those who wish to purchase tickets online may go to Those who want more information may call the Performance Series office at (507) 389-5549.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,649 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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