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Dudley Birder Chorale announces 48th season

The Dudley Birder Chorale

De Pere, Wis. ­­– The Dudley Birder Chorale has announced its 48th season featuring eight performances spanning a variety of music and themes.

The season begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 in the Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts-Walter Theatre at St. Norbert College with the group’s Songs of Healing and Hope concert. Similar to the chorale’s prior All Saints concerts, the concert repertoire features a mix of beautiful, introspective and thoughtful works including Faure’s “Requiem” and Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms.”

This winter, the chorale will present two performances of Christmas with the Chorale, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 and 7 p.m. at Nativity of Our Lord Parish, 2270 S. Oneida St., Green Bay.

No tickets will be required, but donations will be accepted at the door. Concert repertoire will include sacred Christmas hymns, bright selections for organ and piano and more.

Holiday Pops returns to the Weidner Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9 and at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, 2420 Nicolet Dr., Green Bay. The chorale will be joined by longtime collaborators Birder Studio of Performing Arts’ kids’ choir and dancers from the Northeastern Wisconsin Dance Organization. The concert will be a spectacle of holiday cheer and excitement for the whole family.

The chorale will be joined by local high school choirs to present its Choral Masterworks concert at the Weidner Center, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 4.

The annual Choral Masterworks series includes pieces of the most renowned classical selections that continue to influence people around the world. In collaboration with local high schools, the chorale seeks to demonstrate the importance of classical music and community.

To conclude the season, the Dudley Birder Chorale will present Voices of Spring, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 19 and at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts-Walter Theatre. Concert repertoire will feature larger-than-life choral renditions of pop, rock, Broadway, folk, and more. Past selections have included “Africa” by Toto, “West Side Story suite, “How Great Thou Art,” “Shout Glory” and more.

Tickets for Songs of Healing and Hope are currently on sale at snc.edu/birderchorale/events.html with a special buy two get, one free offer. All other tickets will be available to purchase through birderchorale.com as well.

The Dudley Birder Chorale, led by artistic director Kent Paulsen, is a 150-voice community choir and, since 1974, has set the standard for choral excellence in its performance of great masterworks, holiday classics and renditions of popular songs.

For more information, contact the chorale at 920-403-3432 or birderchorale@snc.edu.

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