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MSUM concert Choir to perform in Alexandria

The Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) Concert Choir, the university's premier choral ensemble, will provide an evening of choral music in Alexandria on Friday, March 20.

The Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) Concert Choir, the university's premier choral ensemble, will provide an evening of choral music in Alexandria on Friday, March 20.

The concert will be held at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of St. Mary's Church, 420 Irving Street. The Jefferson High School Concert Choir, under the direction of Steven Dietz, will open the program.

The concert will feature a wide variety of musical styles, ranging from Renaissance motets to a selection from the Walt Disney movie, Tarzan.

Highlights of the program include the familiar Alleluia by 20th century American composer Randall Thompson, and Song for Athene, a piece by the contemporary British composer John Tavener that gained notoriety after it was sung at the funeral of Princess Diana.

Also included will be Waiting for the New Year: A Suite of Festive Occasions, a witty set of pieces that the choir premiered last fall by Fargo-Moorhead composer, James Gurney. Music by other composers with Minnesota connections will also be heard.

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The MSUM Concert Choir is conducted by Dr. Paul Nesheim, who is in his fourth year as the director of choral activities. Nesheim previously served on the faculties of Concordia College in Moorhead and Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He is a graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield and holds advanced degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Arizona.

A distinctive feature of the MSUM choral music program is the opportunity for student conductors to rehearse and conduct the Concert Choir in performance.

Alexandria resident Erin Berns will be one of the student conductors. Berns was a member of the Jefferson High School Concert Choir, Silhouettes and Carolers.

Admission is free.

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