On Tuesday, Jan. 17, the Waupaca Community Chorus will begin rehearsals for its April 1 concert.
This year marks the 49th anniversary of major choral works being performed in Waupaca, and this year’s concert selections will have a little bit of something for everyone.
The choir will perform one new work, with the second work being one that is familiar to many former members.
The first work will be Schubert’s Mass in A Flat. It will feature Soprano Holly Saunders, Alto Andrea Fuss, Tenor Eric Neuville and Bass Gary Moss.
The quartet will be an integral lynchpin in the work, as they will sing intimately with the choir on several of the movements.
In the second half of the concert, the choir will revisit John Rutter’s Magnificat. This work was last performed in 2004.
“If singers already possess a score of the Rutter Magnificat, they are welcome to use them. The same edition that was used for the last presentation of this work by the choir will be used again,” Director Dan Wolfgram said.
The cost for both of the works and membership dues is $25 per singer. For those using a Rutter score from a previous performance, the cost will be $17.
The scores will be on sale in the commons/lobby hallway of Waupaca High School from 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17. The first rehearsal will then follow in the choir room, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Subsequent rehearsals will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays. Included in the timeframe will be at least two weeks of sectional work for men versus women.
“Don’t miss this, our 49th concert celebrating these two great composers. Do pass the invitation to any singers in the area to join your community choir,” Wolfgram said.
He said previous experience is not required and that they are always seeking energetic, new members.
“The choir is a non-auditioned choir that traditionally numbers between 120 to 150 singers. While the choir boasts several members that have been singing with the group since its inception, singers of all ages are encouraged to participate,” he said.
Those who have questions about the literature for this year’s program may contact Wolfgram at the high school at 715-258-4131, ex. 1419 or through the Fine Arts Festival Webpage at fineartsfestival.org.