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Ecumenical choir schedules Nov. 8 concert at St. Luke's

The Ecumenical Choir Clinic, to be held on Nov. 8 for community church choirs, will culminate that evening with a mass choir concert at St. Luke's Lutheran Church at 7 p.m.

The concert is free and everyone is encouraged to attend and support their local church choirs. The participating choirs will sing individual selections, then all voices will come together for the final numbers, featuring well-known hymn tunes and other beautiful arrangements of sacred choral repertoire.

Local musicians Sarah and Luke Foster will also perform a violin/piano duo as part of the concert.

The choirs will be coached and led by the renowned choir director, singer and arranger Dr. David Mennicke. Dr. Mennicke directs choral programs at Concordia University in St. Paul, where he has led the Christus Chorus to international acclaim.

A frequent guest conductor for choir clinics and festivals, he is also an active tenor soloist, a well-published arranger of choral selections and director of choirs at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.

The New Richmond Fine Arts Council sponsors and organizes the Ecumenical Choir Clinic as a way to help area choirs learn from a guest clinician and enjoy a day of singing and fellowship with each other.

Participating choirs include the United Methodist Church, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, St. Luke's Lutheran Church and First Lutheran Church.

A free will offering will be received at the concert, with proceeds going to the NRFAC to help continue community arts events.