ALHS music dept. to host first concert of the year

Published 8:00 pm Thursday, October 5, 2017

The Albert Lea High School music department will present its first concert of the year on Oct. 16 at Grace Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. According to a press release, there will be two different concerts to accommodate the growing music program and the large crowd.
The concert at 6 p.m. will feature the ALHS Tiger orchestra, the celebr8 choir and the Tiger choir.  The concert at 8 p.m. will feature the symphony orchestra, varsity choir and concert choir.

The orchestras are directed by Rebekah Crissinger, and the choirs are directed by Christopher Nelson and Diane Heaney.

The Tiger orchestra willperform Soon Hee Newbold’s “Haunted Carousel,” a lush arrangement of Chopin’s “Theme from the Fantasie- Impromptu” and an upbeat arrangement of “Baby Elephant Walk.”

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The symphony orchestra will perform an adaptation of the first movement of the Seitz Violin Concerto No. 5​ and Richard Meyer’s adaptation of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti titled, “Ghosts of Brandenburg.”

All four choirs will perform both secular and sacred works. The celebr8 choir will start with the 19th century canon “O Music”, followed by “This Pretty Planet” and finishing with the traditional folk song “Hey Ho, Nobody’s Home.” Tiger choir students will sing an African processional and a favorite folk song, “Down in the Valley” and finishing with “Rhythm of Life.”

Varsity choir and concert choir students will sing a concert with the theme “Love Is” with pieces calling for love, acceptance and hope for all mankind.

For the finale, the concert choir will perform “Homeland” by Z. Randall Stroope with the chamber strings and added winds.

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  school year.