Just in time for Halloween, ‘Pipe Screams’ returns

Published 9:25 am Thursday, October 22, 2009

The United Methodist Church of Albert Lea will host the annual “Pipe Screams” concert at 5:10 p.m. Sunday. This is a family concert with music of the fall season.

The program will being with dueling organists, Gail Thurnau and Eileen Nelson Ness, playing “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor” with apologies to J.S. Bach. The audience will also hear “Galloping Comedians” by Kabelsvsky and “The Flight of the Bumblebee” by Rimsky-Korsakov.

The Albert Lea Cantori will sing excerpts from “The Phantom of the Opera” and the Stray Notes will sing “What Is This Feeling” from “Wicked.”

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Other participants include Glen Parsons, the Albert Lea Area Youth Choir singing “Purple People Eater” and Andrew Stoneking with a song from “Hansel and Gretel.”

The audience will again be invited to sing pumpkin carols. All are welcome to wear a costume and join in the fun.

There is no charge to attend, but an offering will be taken to help with expenses. Apple cider and popcorn will be served from 4:30 to 5 p.m. before the concert.

The Albert Lea High School Music Department will present its first concert of the year on Friday. The concert will be held at Grace Lutheran Church in Albert Lea at both 6 and 8 p.m. to accommodate the traditionally large crowd. The concert will feature the Chamber Orchestra and the ALHS Symphony Orchestra, directed by Rebekah Crissinger and the Concert Choir, Varsity Choir and Tiger Choir, directed by Diane Heaney.

The ALHS Chamber Orchestra will perform “Berceuse” by Iljnsky, and “Badinerie” by J.S. Bach. The ALHS Orchestra will be performing several pieces, including an arrangement of Celtic folk tunes titled “The Celtic Juggernaut.”

All three choirs will perform with both secular and sacred works. Familiar folksongs, “The Water is Wide” and “Shenandoah” will be performed as well as an African piece, “It Takes a Village,” as the finale. The Concert Choir will join with orchestra to perform several movements of “Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo” by Franz Haydn.

Tickets for the concert are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students and are available at the door. There will also be a $35 family music concert pass sold at the door that will admit a family to all regular orchestra, band, and choir concerts for the whole year.

Following is a roundup of other events happening in the area this weekend.

Friday, Oct. 23

The Naeve Hospital Auxiliary will hold its annual holiday boutique from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Albert Lea Medical Center gift shop.

The Pat Waddick art show will be open at the Albert Lea Art Center from noon to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 24

The Albert Lea Farmers Market will be open in the North Broadway Avenue parking lot from 9 a.m. to noon.

 The Pat Waddick art show will be open at the Albert Lea Art Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Naeve Hospital Auxiliary will hold its annual holiday boutique from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Albert Lea Medical Center gift shop.

Northbridge Mall will host an ornament, doll, toy and collectible show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 The Freeborn County Ducks Unlimited 12th annual ladies’ luncheon will be held at the Moose Club. Doors open at 11 a.m. There will be prizes, games and fun. For tickets, contact Michelle Bruegger at (507) 317-9124 or Karen Sorenson at 373-4931.

Sunday, Oct. 25

The Glenville Fire & Rescue Department will hold its annual pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon at the Glenville City Hall and Fire Barn. Pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice, milk and coffee will be served for a donation.

The Kiester Volunteer Fire Department will host a breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon at the Kee Town & Country Centre. Pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage or ham and beverages will be served for a donation. Proceeds will go toward new equipment.

American Legion Post 56 will host a breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice and coffee will be served. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children under 10. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Honor Flight program. Gift cards will be sold. For each $25 gift card purchased, $5 will be donated to the Honor Flight.

The Albert Lea Sons of Norway will hold a Norwegian rolled pancake (pannakaker) breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the lodge near City Arena. Rolled pancakes, scrambled eggs, parslied potatoes, ham, lingonberries, juice and coffee will be served. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children.

Redeemer Lutheran Church of Alden will hold its seventh annual Sacred Music Concert at 7 p.m. There will be vocal soloists, a piano duet, Redeemer’s chamber band, the actors guild, a family vocal ensemble, the Redeemer adult choir, flute, clavinova, recorder and a skit. There is no admission charge. An offering will be collected and donated to Luther Seminary in St. Paul in support of Leslie Neist of Albert Lea, who is enrolled on the master of divinity program.