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The Fort Dodge Choral Society rehearses at Grace Lutheran Church Thursday night.

Fort Dodge Choral Society will present “Together Again For The First Time” a celebration of famous musical partnerships, at 3 p.m. today at Trinity United Methodist Church, 828 N. 25th St.

The concert is filled with familiar tunes from Broadway shows and popular artists.

Guest soloists Aaron Amhof and Ryan Madden of Fort Dodge Senior High School will perform “Lily’s Eyes” in a scene from “Secret garden.” Other star soloists in the choir include Sarah Amhof, Sean O’Connor and Travis Balt.

Conductor Bruce Perry has selected songs composed by famous couples such as Rodgers and Hammerstein, Bernstein and Sondheim, George and Ira Gershwin, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Simon and Garfunkel, and Gilbert and Sullivan.

“One of the pleasures of singing is being able to share the gifts of poetry and music. Even the most beautiful melody will have little impact if it is associated with a banal text”, Perry wrote in the Choral Society newsletter. “‘Together Again for the First Time’ is a celebration of famous musical partnerships.”

“It’s exciting to share beautiful songs from ‘Westside Story’, a powerful arrangement of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ and a huge selection of songs from the golden age of Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals. After each rehearsal , I find myself humming familiar tunes for hours,” said Perry.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the Choral Society to cancel its productions last season. At the beginning of August 2021, the Choral Society was finally able to perform again with its concert entitled “No more silence” to celebrate the band’s return to singing and to honor Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday.

Perry said their “No more silence” packed concert to a full house.

“We had about as many people as we could get. It was wonderful,” said Perry. “People were very grateful. I think people want to get out and get back to some normality.

Perry said he chose “Happy together” as the theme for this season, not only because the choir members are happy to come together, but also because he believes the community should represent that sense of unity, especially in times of struggle.

“COVID was tough on everyone and remains tough on people,” he said. “I chose the theme”Happy together“Because we are happy to be together and the only thing that really unites us is music and singing.”

After “Together Again For The First Time” the Choral Society will give another concert this season in May, titled “Heavenly Voices” at St. Olaf’s Lutheran Church. They will join the Chamber Orchestra to perform many classical works.

Each performance took place in a different local church.

“Different concerts have different space requirements and different instrument requirements”, said Perry. “Plus, it’s always fun to showcase some of the beautiful houses of worship.”

Admission to the concert is by season pass or available at the door for $10. All students are admitted free of charge. For more information, visit FDChoralSociety.org.

Perry said he appreciates the community support for the Choral Society as well as the other art programs available.

“Fort Dodge is blessed with many fine arts organizations,” he said. “Investing in the arts is an investment in the future of our community.


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