Plans being made for virtual choral cantata

The Minot Chamber Chorale is making plans to present “We Will Shine,” a short five-movement virtual choir cantata featuring guest artist Edward Graves, a tenor based in Detroit, Michigan.

The performance, scheduled for May 2 at 3 p.m., will also feature the Minot State University Choirs, Western Plains Children’s Choir, members of the Minot Symphony Orchestra along with other Minot premiere vocal ensembles.

Emerson Eads, director of choral activities at Minot State University, artistic director of the Minot Chamber Chorale and director of the Western Plains Youth Ensemble, and his brother, published poet Eran Eads of Alexandria, Va., have fashioned a short cantata inspired by the words of President John F. Kennedy: “We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light a candle that can guide us through the darkness to a safe and sure future.”

“We had to cancel our winter concert and with uncertainty regarding our spring concert we decided to hybridize them with a new work for tenor soloist (Graves was going to take part in the winter concert.) and for choir and small orchestra,” Emerson Eads said.

He said plans are to have all of the contributing voices submit their videos for the project prior to April and devote April to producing it.

Eads said anyone who would like to help support the project’s video production, guest artists, singers, etc.,will be able to find information soon at the Chamber Chorale’s website at www.minotchamberchorale.org.


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