Alumni to perform at choir recital

Published 9:29 am Thursday, October 7, 2010

Albert Lea High School alumni of all ages will come together Saturday for a recital to support current ALHS choir members.

The recital will have solo performances, a performance from around 30 alumni and other performances. Choir director Diane Heaney said the show will be similar to a Tiger’s Roar made up of former students.

“We’ve got some really great folks coming back,” Heaney said.

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The recital is Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $7 and tickets are available at the door. Heaney has provided music so alumni can practice, and the group will meet on Saturday to rehearse before the show.

Heaney said there will be good old songs like “Autumn Leaves” and “Send in the Clowns.” Jennifer Ordalen will perform, and Issac Wiese will also be performing at the show. Other kinds of music being performed include show tunes and opera.

“There’s a nice mix of entertainment,” Heaney said.

The recital is a fundraising event for the high school choir trip to England and Scotland in June of 2011. All proceeds of the recital will go to the traveling students.

A similar alumni concert was held 10 years ago, also as a fundraiser for a trip to England.

There are 150 students, plus more on a waiting list, who are signed up to go on the trip. The group will leave on June 6 and return on June 16, 2011. Visits will be made to Windsor Castle, Bath, Edinburgh, among others sites in the United Kingdom and will end with a few days in London. Heaney said the students will sing as much as possible and see amazing sights along the way.

The alumni recital is just one of the fundraisers the choir group will do before the trip. Students in choir sold pop, water and ice cream during the Fourth of July festivities and worked at the county fair at the Rendezvous Rib Shack. The students are hoping for lots of community support for this special project.