Old Main fills with music

Submitted Photo The Western Plains Children’s Choirs perform at different times of the year. Here they are at their 2018 “Hearts of Harmony” Spring Concert.

The halls of Old Main on Minot State Campus will fill with music this weekend as the Minot Symphony Orchestra and the Western Plains Children’s Choirs each have performances. Minot Symphony will take the stage Saturday starting at 7:30 p.m. Then Sunday, the Western Plains Children’s Choirs will perform at 3 p.m.

The Minot Symphony Orchestra will present “Holiday Magic” Saturday to help fill the audience with the spirit of the season.

The performance will start with Prokofiev’s “Winter Bonfire Suite” with narration by John Warner and sung by an ensemble from Minot State High School. An original work directed by Efrain Amaya, “Mater Dei (For God is Love)” will be performed with featured soprano Jennifer Paulino.

They will also perform Mozart’s “Alleluja!” with guest soprano.

Director Efrain Amaya said in a press release, “You will hear many of your favorite holiday classics along with some new ones. We are delighted to collaborate with the choirs of Minot High School and Minot State University along with the Minot Chamber Chorale to celebrate the music of the season with our annual holiday pops concert. Soprano, Jennifer Paulino will fill the hall with her angelic voice for three works including one of my own original pieces, “Mater Dei.“”

After intermission, a combination of holiday carols in Higgin’s arrangement of “Christmas on Broadway” will be performed with the Vox Humana Quartet and “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” arranged by David Pugh will be performed.

No pre-concert lecture will be held. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and patrons 21 and older will be able to partake in limited beer and wine at 7 p.m. and over intermission. Funds raised will be used to support future concerts.

Tickets have already sold out for the 7:30 p.m. show, but to accompany those who may want to attend and aren’t able, a special showing will be held on the same day at 10 a.m. Those interested in attending will get the chance to view the concert during the Symphony and Choirs final dress rehearsal.

Tickets are first come first serve and cost $15 for adults and $5 for those 18 and under.

“Christmas in All the World Tonight” is the name of the concert being put on by the Children’s Choirs. The three different choirs involved with Western Plains will perform a variety of carols and songs from France, Greece, Spain, Germany, England, Africa, Norway, Israel, Puerto Rico, America and Russia.

The Western Plains Children’s Choirs are made up of students in 3rd to 12th grade in the Minot area. The three different choirs are the Western Plains Youth Ensemble, Western Plains Children’s Choir, and Western Plains Junior Choir.

The Youth Ensemble is directed by Rebecca Petrik, co-directed by MSU Music Education Major J’Kobe Wallace, and assisted by Bradley Pierce and Gabrielle Rozafinjatovo. It is made up of singers in 8th to 12th grade.

The Children’s Choir is directed by Jonathan Clark, co-directed by MSU Music Education major Ashlie Drummelsmith, and accompanied by Sean Bostrom. Singers involved in this group come from 5th to 7th grade.

The Junior Choir consists of third- and fourth-graders. It is directed by Jerlyn Langemo, co-directed by MSU Music Education major Kaylee Capp, and accompanied by Sean Bostrom.

The Sunday performance will showcase guest instrumentalists Jon Rumney, Danica Rumney, Erik Anderson, Hannah Ceasey, Avis Veikley and Tyler Krueger.

“Christmas in All the World Tonight” is free and open to all. A free will donation will be taken to support member scholarships.

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