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Spring concert set for April 7 in Waupaca

The Waupaca Community Chorus and Civic Orchestra will celebrate their 50th Anniversary Concert on Sunday, April 7.

The concert will begin at 2:30 p.m., at the Waupaca High School Performing Arts Center.

The works which will be celebrated are a collaboration of some of the most memorable choruses from the previous 50 years of Masterworks.

“This year is especially enjoyable for all those involved. The audience will readily recognize many of the selections on the program,” said Conductor Dan Wolfgram.

Selections include: Gloria in Excelsis by Antonio Vivaldi, How Lovely are the Messengers (from “Saint Paul”) by Felix Mendelssohn, Thanks be to God and He Watching Over Israel (from Elijah”) by Felix Mendelssohn, And the Glory of the Lord and the Hallelujah Chorus (from “The Messiah”) by George Frederic Handel, Lacrymosa (from “Requiem, K.626) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sanctus (from “Saint Cecelia Mass”) by Charles Gounod, Hallelujah (from “Mount of Olives”) by Ludvig van Beethoven, Gloria (from Gloria) by John Rutter, The Road Not Taken and Choose Something Like A Star (from “Frostiana”) by Randall Thompson, The God who Gave us Life (from The Testament of Freedom) by Randall Thompson, Do-Re-Mi and The Sound of Music (from the musical of the same name) by Rodgers and Hammerstein 2nd, Zion’s Walls (from “Old American Songs”) by Aaron Copland, God Bless America by Iriving Berlin and Battle Hymn of the Republic.

“We would love to play for a packed house,” Wolfgram said. “This concert is a celebration of 50 years of music making in small-town Waupaca. How fortunate we are to hear these masterworks live and to actively participate in the music making process. The choir is 140 members strong, and we will be singing with a first rate group of instrumentalists that comprise the symphony orchestra. This concert will be dedicated to our founder Gerald C. Knoepfel, as well as 50-year choir members Ken and Jan Porrey and Phyllis Beyer.”

Tickets for the concert may be purchased at the Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce, Stratton’s Drug Store, Waupaca Community Arts Center, from Community Choir members and at the door.

Tickets are $10 in advance for adults and $12.00 at the door, while tickets are $4 in advance for students and $6 at the door.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, contact Wolfgram at Waupaca High School at 715-258-4131, ext. 1419.

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