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The River City Chorale: Making a Joyful Noise

The program opens with "Psalm 100" by Rene Clausen and arranged by Drew Collins. The chorale's fifth summer concert series "centers around songs of joy and psalms," conductor Andrew Haase wrote in the program notes.1 / 8
The 170-voice River City Chorale, under the direction of Andrew Haase, performs Monday night in the Hudson High School Auditorium. A second performance of the program "Making a Joyful Noise" will be give at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lakefront Park band shell. (Hudson Star-Observer photos by Randy Hanson)2 / 8
Conductor Andrew Haase recognizes the chorale at the conclusion of a song.3 / 8
Jodell Krause accompanies the chorale on the piano. She is an important member of the chorale, providing the accompaniment through eight weeks of rehearsals leading up to Monday and Thursday evening performances in July. The program notes said her love for accompanying began when she was asked to play the piano for a performance of her fifth-grade chorus at E.P. Rock Elementary School.4 / 8
Enthusiastic soloist Danielle Zenner continues to sing after the rest of the chorus has finished "Let Everything That Hath Breath," bringing a reaction from conductor Andrew Haase, right.5 / 8
Brigitte Feia sings a solo in a medley of songs from the Broadway musical "Mary Poppins."6 / 8
A joyful soloist sings a "Mary Poppins" tune.7 / 8
River City Chorale President Tom Millet welcomes the audience of several hundred to the performance Monday night in the Hudson High School Auditorium.8 / 8

The River City Chorale, comprised of 170 singers from Hudson and surrounding communities, gave its first concert of the 2013 summer season Monday night in the Hudson High School Auditorium.

The second performance will be 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lakefront Park band shell.

The title of this year's program (the chorale's fifth) is "Making a Joyful Noise." The musical selections center around "songs of joy and psalms," according to conductor Andrew Haase.

"From the grandeur of Vaughn Williams' 'O Clap Your Hands' to the splendid majesty of Dan Forrest's 'You Are the Music,' joy is what connects us all to this incredible music," Haase says in his program notes.

Michal Sobieski, a member of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra for 34 years, accompanies the chorale on violin for the Eric Whitacre piece "Five Hebrew Songs."

The program also includes popular tunes from the Broadway musical "Mary Poppins," and concludes with the lively gospel song "Let Everything That Hath Breath" by Jeffery L. Ames.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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