Vermillion youth will perform with Yankton choir

Vermillion youth will perform with Yankton choir The Yankton Children's Choir (YCC) will "Let the Earth Resound" during its Christmas concert, Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m., in the Yankton Summit Center Theatre, 1801 Summit Street.

Ben Rogge, who attends Vermillion Public Schools, is a member of the concert choir.

The public is invited to hear not only the voices of the YCC concert and preparatory choirs, but also a guest performance by harpist Tamala Talley.

For their portion of the program, the preparatory choir has learned two new languages. Helping them with pronunciation of the Norwegian Christmas song, Jeg Er Sa Glad Hver Julekveld, was Mel Severson, caretaker at Mission Hill's Old Vangen Church. They will also perform the Italian carol, Dormi, Dormi, as well as Winter Song and Candles, Candles.

The concert choir will present music by composers from William Byrd, George Frideric Handel, and Antonio Vivaldi, to John Rutter, Randall Thompson, and Gilbert Martin. From the contemporary carol, No Golden Carriage, No Bright Toy, to Laudamus Te (from Vivaldi's Gloria), the group will present a variety of styles, including pieces in Latin and Catalan.

Guest harpist Tamala Talley, a student at The University of South Dakota and a harp pupil of the South Dakota Symphony's Anna Vorhes, will accompany the concert choir on Rutter's Angels' Carol, and will also perform several solo works.

The combined choirs will close the seasonal concert with Peaceful, Silent Night, based on the familiar carol, and Let the Earth Resound, with guest trumpeter, Jessica Mathison, an eighth grade trumpet student of Scott Olson. The powerful contemporary piece was composed by Sally K. Albrecht for participants in the United Kingdom's National Association of Choirs Millennium Concert 2000.

Admission to the YCC concert is $5 for adults, ninth grade and older. As the choir's gift to children and young people of Yankton and the area, those in eighth grade and younger will be admitted for free. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Rexall Drug or Evie's Hallmark, and will also be available at the door.

The YCC choirs recently performed for the United Church of Christ's Parade of Trees, and concluded their 2000-2001 season by singing for the Yankton Chamber Appreciation Picnic. Their current season, which will conclude in May 2002, is the choir's ninth.

The YCC Concert Choir includes (all addresses Yankton, unless otherwise noted) Abbigalle Anderson, Sam Arens, Scott Arens, Eric Bloomquist, McLean, NE, Vandy Borders, Jarrett Brenner, Ethan Burk, Springfield, Jesse Erickson, Devon Heusinkveld, Springfield, Anne Kinsley, Jens Lillevold, Michael Ludens, Springfield, Collin Michels, Christina Noecker, Hartington, NE, Heidi Olson, Mission Hill, Amanda Parker, Utica, Benjamin Rogge, Vermillion, Jill Schievelbein, Maria Skorey, Matt Steinkruger, Kimberly Trapp, Steven Vellek, Springfield, Katie Watt, Cassie Wittmeier, Alyssa Wright, and Ellie Yeager.

Members of the YCC Preparatory Choir are (all addresses Yankton, unless otherwise noted) Heather Araiza, Jennifer Arens, Emily Burk, Springfield, Megan Herron, Ty Kelly, AJ Kling, Hannah Lambertz, Gabe Messler, Emily Pinkelman, Jayna Specht, Nick Tagg, Alyssa Trapp and Sara Watt. Accompanist for the preparatory choir is Scott Arens, also a member of the concert choir.

The choirs are under the musical direction of Lea Ann Schramm, choral director; Margaret Lyons, associate choral director; and JoAnne Hamilton, Hartington, NE, assistant choral director and concert choir accompanist.

For more information about the choir contact Executive Director Patty Stuelpnagel (605/664-2007; vpstue@dtgnet.com.).

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