Choral Christmas featured at Phipps
The Phipps Festival Chorus and The Phipps Oratorio Society will combine to present "A Choral Christmas Festival" on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts.
The first half of the program will be performed by The Phipps Festival Chorus. Selections include "Hail, Christmas Day" by Minnesota composer Abbie Betinis, "Gloria to God in the Highest" by Pergolesi, "Sure on this Shining Night" by Morten Lauridsen, "Alleluia" by Randall Thompson, "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" arranged by Jerry Rubino, "Throw the Yule Log On, Uncle John" by P.D.Q. Bach (Peter Schikele), "Angel's Carol" by John Rutter, "Stay With Us" by Egil Hovland, and "African Noel" arranged by Andre Thomas.
The combined choirs will sing the second half of the program, performing "Gloria" by Vivaldi, "For Unto Us a Child is Born" from "Messiah" by Handel, "The First Noel" arranged by David Willcocks, "Christmas Night" by Rutter, "What Child" by Paul Lohman, "Infant Holy, Infant Lowly" arranged by Mack Wilberg, "What Shall We Give" also arranged by Wilberg, "O Come All Ye Faithful" arranged by Willcocks, "Happy Holiday - White Christmas" arranged by Ed Lojeski, and "Hallelujah" from "Messiah."
Thomas Dahle directs the choirs, and accompanists are Sue Christian, piano, and Monica Weekes, organ.
Singers from Hudson are Joe Alms, Shannon Anderson, Darrell Burman, Nancy Burman, Sue Christian, Carol Dahle, Sandy DeMars, Adele Dolan, Julie Emmons, Lori Finnegan, Marcy Flotten, Elaine Fredrikson, Georgia Gies, Chuck Giffen, Jen Hartle, Deb Harwell, Karen Haugen, Skip Jewett, Jeannie Kant, Bob Long, Sandra Luedke, Joan Lyksett, Darci McQuiston, Thelma Nagel, Debbie O'Keefe, Mel Olson, Mary Ellen Paulson, Bobbi Pominville, Colette Roche, Ron Ruettimann, Jeanne Sames, Marilyn Sampson, LeAnn Stein, Dick Stine, Veronica Stine, Chris Tank, Monica Weekes, Louise Weiher, Lee Wyland and Kathy Youngberg.
Choir members from River Falls and Ellsworth are Dale Braun, Brian Copp, Kathy Halberg, George Hansen, Ruth Lee, Carrie Loney, Dean Loney, Cheryl Martin, Paul Martin, Pat Miller, Jocelyn Richardt, Judy Rommel, Gina Skule,
Singers from New Richmond and Somerset include Mary Anderson, Keith Carl, Kandy Hildebrandt, John Hirst, Mary Hirst, Dona Glowe, Fred Golke, Mary Golke, John Gryzbek, Eileen Larson, David Lee, Roger Newman, Karen Sullivan, Pam Terhaar, and Maja Weidmann
Choir members from western Wisconsin consist of Bruce Douglas (Baldwin), Julianna LaBouliere (Menomonie) and Sara Route (Roberts).
Singers from Stillwater and Oak Park Heights include Elvira Antonson, Randy Bach, Val DuRocher, Linda Moses, Dan Roth and Wendy Haller (White Bear Lake).
From the East Metro area are Jack Bussiere, Mary Clymer, Jack DuRocher, Chris Gustafson, Sonja Hammond, Jon Mackereth, Tim Mueller and Steve Sorenson.
Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for all students with a current ID.
Discounts are available by purchasing season tickets. For reservations, contact The Phipps ticket office at (715) 386-8409 or visit www.ThePhipps.org.