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Gar Lockrem Community Choir Will Present December Concerts

The Mendota Heights-based choir will perform Dec. 7 in West St. Paul, Dec. 8 in Hastings and Dec. 9 in South St. Paul.

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Editor's Note: The following press release is from the Gar Lockrem Community Choir.

The gorgeous sounds of the Mendota Heights-based Twin Cities-wide Gar Lockrem Community Choir will entrance, excite and delight audiences at three concerts in December.

The program features choral music from cultures and faiths around the world that capture the spirit and wonder inspired by the winter season. Pieces include The Darkest Midnight in December, by Stephen Main; Land of Crystal Dreams, by Stanley Hoffman; an inspired arrangement of the Gospel spiritual Go Where I Send Thee, by Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory; Hanerot Halalu, by Baruch Cohon; Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus; and O Magnum Mysterium, by Tomas Luis de Victoria.

The choir will present religious and secular works in four languages—Latin, Hebrew and Russian, as well as English—from the Middle Ages to modern times.

WHO: The 55-member Gar Lockrem Community Choir, under the direction of Aaron Kapaun

WHAT: Three concerts called “Miracles & Mysteries”

WHEN/WHERE:

• 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church in West St. Paul.

• 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, at United Methodist Church in Hastings.

• 3:00 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9, at First Presbyterian Church in South St. Paul

GLCC is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Charitable donations are accepted at the door, but admission is free

In addition to performing about seven concerts each year for audiences in and around the Twin Cities, GLCC also provides grants to local schools to support music education programs in grades K-12. Since 2009, GLCC has provided grants totaling more than $2,000 to local schools, including a $1,000 grant to South St. Paul High School in May 2012. A third grant of $1,000 is slated for the current concert season ending in April of 2013.

GLCC was selected as a solo choir at St. Olaf’s annual choral festival in November 2009 and most performed Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Dakota County Symphony Orchestra in February 2011. Singers range in age from late teens to mid-eighties.

For more information, go to GLCC’s website at www.garlockrem.org or call 651-777-7657. Send letters to: GLCC, 1670 South Robert Street, P.O. Box 169, West St. Paul, MN 55118.

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