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|Paynesville Press - December 19, 2001|
Centrist Christmas Choir entertains local audience
The Centrist Christmas Choir presented a concert for the hometown crowd on Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the school auditorium, sharing the limelight with the String O' Pearls.|
The 36-voice Centrist Christmas Choir performed a variety of tunes and led the audience in a sing along. The choir has a combined total of about 1,500 years of singing in a choir. Choir members ranged in age from 50 to 83.
"It's been a good experience for all," said director Dave Stumo. "The choir has been a good group to work with."
The choir presented eight concerts in December, with their last performance on Friday in New Prague at Schumacher's Hotel.
Lindsay Hull, a tenor in the choir, found it fun being with all the other people from the community.
"It's been fun," Darleen Glenz agreed.
Carol Heitke opened the concert with a solo she first performed as an eighth grader at school: "I'll Be Home for Christmas."
Dwight Peteler sang a baritone solo "Winter Wonderland," and had another solo in "Deck the Halls." Faye Paster also had a solo in "Deck the Halls." Hull performed a tenor solo "I Heard the Bells." Clarice Stumo sang a solo in "Mary, Mother Sweet and Mild." Myrt Barg and Stumo sang solos in "Look a That Star."
A treble ensemble - consisting of Myrt Barg, Doris Hess, Catherine Lieser, Juanita Moser, and Joyce Spaulding - sang "Star of the East."
The String O' Pearls performed a variety of holiday tunes including "Christmas Polka," "The Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy," and "Come On, Ring Those Bells."
Accompanist for the Centrist Christmas Choir was Maurine Pederson.
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