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February 6, 2013

Dakota Wesleyan’s music department to tour Minnesota this month

MITCHELL — Dakota Wesleyan University’s music department will be hitting the road this month with six concerts scheduled at five locations in four days.

Dr. Clinton Desmond, choral director at DWU, and Erin Desmond, voice instructor and university accompanist, will lead four groups – the Dakota Wesleyan Choir, Wesleyan Bells, Highlanders and Women’s Chamber Ensemble – during each concert. The choir tour will begin in North Mankato, Minn., on Feb. 22, and continue through Minnesota until the final concert on Feb. 26 in Mitchell. All concerts are free and open to the public.

“Our choral program has grown exponentially over the past three years,” Desmond said. “We began with two choirs and have added two additional choirs, revived the Wesleyan Bells, and created the LyricWood Orchestra. With our growing numbers, we wish to showcase our ensembles in communities with a strong alumni presence. In addition, we are dedicated to establishing Dakota Wesleyan’s music department as a respected collegiate touring program.”

The concert dates are as follows:

7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22, Belgrade Avenue Methodist Church, North Mankato;
2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, Walker Place Methodist Retirement Village, Minneapolis; and 7 p.m., Messiah United Methodist Church, Plymouth;
8:45 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 24, Messiah United Methodist Church, Fridley, and 3 p.m., Fridley United Methodist Church, Fridley;
and a tour-closing concert at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26, Mitchell First United Methodist Church.

Music selections range from sacred to secular in various genres, including works by Ginastera, Brahms, Witacre, Hogan, Palestrina, and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” theme song performed by the Wesleyan Bells.

“Audiences will find a very eclectic mix of music that is both spiritual and exciting,” Desmond said.

 

 
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