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Highland Chorale and Youth Choir showcase musical talent in concert

President's Report

Enjoy the musical sounds of both the Highland Chorale and Highland Youth Choir in their spring concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7 at Highland Community College’s Fine Arts Theatre in the Ferguson Fine Arts Center, 2998 W. Pearl City Rd., Freeport, Ill.

The Highland Chorale comprises singers from all over northwest Illinois, ranging in age from high school to retirement. The chorale, accompanied Nadia Wirchnianski, will be singing such selections as “Deep River” arranged by Victor C. Johnson, “All Things New” by Elaine Hagenberg and more.

“We are proud to present a Spring Concert that brings hope of a new season,” said Highland Chorale Director Heidi Spotts-Manthey, who will accompany the Highland Youth Choir.

Highland Youth Choir selections will include the folk songs “Chumbara” and “Kookaburra,” Andy Beck’s “Shooting Star,” “Amazing” by Pinkzebra and a Spanish/English selection of “Cantar!”

“It is an honor to help these young singers build their knowledge of singing and to share the joy of music with them,” said Dagny Brandt, director of the Highland Youth Choir.

The concert will conclude with the groups combining forces to perform Greg Gilipin’s “Why We Sing.”

“Combining the choirs promotes unity,” added Brandt. “The younger singers share their unbridled enthusiasm for singing with the adults and the Chorale members can mentor and inspire the youth to continue singing.”

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. Buy tickets at or by calling 815-599-3718 Monday-Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more on this event, visit