Chamber chorale presents ice cream social

Just as you will choose among well-known ice cream toppings like sprinkles and chocolate jimmies at the Minot Chamber Chorale’s Spring Concert and Ice Cream Social this Sunday, the MCC will choose from well-known chorale composers like Randall Thompson, John Rutter and John Jacob Niles.

“This concert always gives us a chance to do a little bit of everything,” said Robert Demke, director. “We have spirituals, traditionals, just all kinds of things.”

They are also introducing a relatively new composer, Kristian Harnes.

“He’s a young Norwegian composer,” said Demke. “I just came across him in the last year. It’s a kind of fun thing for us to be able to do this. His song is based on the 23rd Psalm.”

The choir is also doing a piece by Morten Lauridsen, “Dirait-On,” which means “as one would say,” based on a poem by Rilke.

“The second half (of the program) has a lighter nature,” said Demke. “We’re doing one that’s a four-part speaking song, ‘Do You Feel the Rhythm.'”

There are several soloists featured throughout the program, including Greg Carpenter, Angela Stockman and Mary Muhlbradt, along with Maria Carpenter on the viola for “America the Beautiful.” The 40-voice strong group is accompanied for this performance by pianist Elizabeth Roberts.

The concert and ice cream social takes place beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday at the First Lutheran Church, 120-5th Ave. NW. There is no charge for the event, but a free will offering will be accepted.