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Holiday concerts Dec. 12 and 13 at Bethlehem Lutheran

Great River Chorale presents a collaborative holiday concert entitled "A Story Born of Old"

The Great River Chorale of St. Cloud, under the direction of Erick Lichte, will be performing a holiday choral concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, and at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. The concert is in collaboration with the Youth Chorale of Central Minnesota (Garrett Lathe, director) and the Cantabile Choir (Sarah Ludwig, director). Both concerts take place at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud.

"The Great River Chorale is thrilled to join with the Youth Chorale of Central Minnesota and women's choir Cantabile for a retelling of the Christmas Story in song and verse," says Erick Lichte. "The concert will feature colorful carols from around the world, Christmas classics and masterpieces of the holiday. Central Minnesota is very lucky to have these three fine ensembles come together to not only celebrate the holidays but the fine choral artistry of this community. The concert will also feature a performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on Christmas Carols featuring Metropolitan Opera Guild competition winner Seth Keeton."

This activity is made possible by a grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board, through funding provided by the Minnesota State Legislature.

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The Great River Chorale released its first CD last Christmas of an album entitled "Born of Light" which features Christmas and holiday favorites. For more information about the release of GRC's CD please contact Marie Flagstad.

The Great River Chorale appointed Erick Lichte as its new Artistic Director in August 2009. Lichte comes to the GRC from his previous position as a founding member, singer and Artistic Director of the male vocal ensemble Cantus. Through his 13-year tenure with Cantus, Lichte led one of only two full-time vocal ensembles in the nation, has been heard by hundreds of thousands of people across the globe and is the recipient of the 2009 Margaret Hillis Award from the national organization Chorus America.

The Great River Chorale is in its ninth concert season. This ensemble, comprised of music professionals and seasoned amateurs, is enthusiastically dedicated to presenting exceptional choral music throughout the year and often works in partnership with other area ensembles.

ABOUT Great River Chorale:

The Great River Chorale is a dynamic 50-voice chamber choir based in St. Cloud, and is comprised of seasoned, amateur singers. Founded in 2001, the Great River Chorale seeks to provide the thriving Central Minnesota art community with a choir dedicated to excellent performances of choral music from all musical eras and genres. The chorale membership prides themselves in their mission to collaborate and promote other area ensembles of all kinds. The choir rehearses twice a month on Sunday evenings and presents 3-4 concerts a year.

ABOUT Youth Chorale of Central Minnesota:

The Mission of the Central Minnesota Youth Chorale is to enrich and develop the choral music skills and interests of Central Minnesota youth, encouraging and equipping them for participation in their high school ensembles and for life-long involvement as both musicians and leaders in their communities.

ABOUT Cantabile:

The Cantabile Girls Choir Program, which is sponsored by the SCSU Music Department Preparatory Program, offers two choral opportunities for young girls in Central Minnesota. The Choristers choir is for girls in grades 4-6 and Cantabile for girls in grades 6-9.

The mission of the choir program is to provide a rich and varied choral experience for talented young women that will challenge, edify, and entertain the choir and its audiences, and provide opportunities to grow not only musically, but socially and academically as well, through the study and performance of quality choral literature.

Contact: Marie Flagstad, business manager, Great River Chorale, PO Box 945, St. Cloud, MN 56302 (218) 329-3924, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , www.greatriverchorale.org.