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Grammy-winning conductor to lead South Dakota Chorale concert at Dordt College January 14

December 28, 2011

The South Dakota Chorale brings William Averitt’s Dream Keeper to the stage of the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the Dordt College campus on January 14 at 7:30 p.m. Dream Keeper is a musical setting of texts by Langston Hughes. The program also features Four Quartets by Johannes Brahms and jazz selections from Songs and Sonnets by George Shearing.

The chorale will be joined by guest conductor Charles Bruffy, the musical director of the Kansas City Chorale, Kansas City Symphony Chorus, and the Phoenix Chorale, which received a 2008 Grammy award for its recording of Spotless Rose. Bruffy is also the director of music at Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church in Overland Park, Kansas.

In a recent article in Now! Pavilion, a publication of the Washington Pavilion, South Dakota Chorale Artistic Director Brian A. Schmidt said he enjoys welcoming guest conductors to the Chorale. Having guest conductors is a “two-way door – our singers get to experience new musical perspectives, and the guest conductors have an opportunity to refine their craft and make music with a different body of musicians.”

This event is presented by the Dordt College music department, with support from the Sioux Center Recreation and Arts Council. Dordt College choir director Dr. Benjamin Kornelis and music department tutorial adjunct Deb Vogel are singing with the Chorale. The concert is free, with a freewill offering to be received.

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