'Musicale' will celebrate old songsHistoric songs from the recent and distant past will be celebrated in the sixth annual “Old Fashioned Sunday Afternoon Musicale” on Sunday, February 22, at 2 p.m. at the Osakis Lutheran Church, 310 First Avenue East.
By: By Stella Riley Bender, Contributing Writer, Alexandria Echo Press
Historic songs from the recent and distant past will be celebrated in the sixth annual “Old Fashioned Sunday Afternoon Musicale” on Sunday, February 22, at 2 p.m. at the Osakis Lutheran Church, 310 First Avenue East.
Admission is free and the public is invited. Old-fashioned refreshments will be served following the program.
The musicale is the second of three programs in Winter Lecture Series 2009 presented by the Osakis Area Heritage Center and funded by grants from Runestone Electric Association and Stearns County Electric Association.
The afternoon’s entertainment will feature guitarist Freddie Dean performing country classics and old standards, followed by the Gordon Men’s Chorus singing familiar hymns and patriotic tunes.
In 1960, Freddie Dean, whose real name is Dean Muehlenhardt, enlisted four men from Alexandria and started the first rock and roll band in Douglas County. They called themselves the Palatons and played together for seven years. Then, Dean went on the road, traveling with several Nashville country singers, including Jim Reeves and his wife, Mary Reeves.
Dean said he likes the old songs because they have history.
“Most modern music has roots in the past,” he said. “A lot of it comes from old-time gospel and the blues.”
The popular Gordon Men’s Chorus has its own history. The group has sung together for 23 years and has performed at every musicale since 2004.
“Our group started in 1986,” said Rick Klukken, director. “We had so much fun singing, we decided we needed a name, and not being very creative, we took the name of a choir that existed in the 1930s, the Gordon Men’s Chorus.”
The earlier group was directed by John Klukken, grandfather of Rick Klukken.
Today’s non-denominational chorus includes men from all the different area churches.
Klukken said the only requirements to join are that a man likes to sing and likes a little lunch after practice.
Winter Lecture Series 2009 will continue March 22 with a program focusing on the Osakis High School’s 1967 championship basketball season.
For more information, call (320) 859-5161 or (320) 859-4151.