Chamber Chorale celebrates 50 years

The Minot Chamber Chorale will present “Sunrise & Sunset,” a choral music celebration of renewal for its 50th anniversary season, on Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall at Minot State University.

There will be two world premieres on the program — “Todd’s Song,” a new song with music by Emerson Eads and text by Todd Mathistad, and Eads’ “Brink of Eternity.”

Mathistad’s poetry yearns for a time when all are welcome to have a seat at the table. The table emerges as the metaphor for what connects us at a time when polarization plagues us. The song was premiered in the fall of 2022 with Metropolitan Opera tenor David Cangelosi and the Minot State University Concert Choir and recorded. It is now streamed on all available streaming platforms. This is a new version featuring strings and piano, and Mathistad’s brother, Tim Mathistad, will be the tenor soloist.

“Brink of Eternity” is part of “Distance Between Us,” a larger choral work that is still being composed.

“I’ve been wanting to write a cantata that celebrates our connection with each other,” Eads said. “After a pandemic and keeping our distance from each other, we’ve gotten better at isolation, and building barriers. These helped us survive, but now these skills inhibit our connection. I wanted to set music that reminds us of the eternity that we share with our friends, our family, and even those who we think wish us harm.” The new work will be sung by Jason Thoms.

There will be a performance of Bach’s rarely performed sacred motet/cantata “O Jesus Christ, mein’s Lebens Licht.”

The main offering will be Ola Gjeilo’s transcendent “Sunrise Mass.”

The concert will feature members of the Minot Symphony Orchestra; Kari Files, organ; and Briana Schwan, piano.

The concert is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted.


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