May 31, 2007

Mark Twain Chorale Warming Up for 6th International Tour with Local Concerts

The Mark Twain Chorale International will prepare for its sixth international tour with two local performances June 3rd. The MTCI will perform at the 10:00 Mass at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Edina and then travel to Memphis to present a 2:00 concert at the Memphis Theater. A third concert is scheduled for June 24 at 4:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church in St. Charles, Missouri. All concerts are free and open to the public and all music lovers are encouraged to attend.

The Chorale is made up of 28 singers from Memphis, Kahoka, Edina, Columbia, Montgomery City, Jefferson City and St. Charles in Missouri, and from Keosaqua and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The group performs primarily American music including early American hymn tune arrangements, spirituals, gospel, jazz and show tune arrangements as well as traditional choral arrangements. The group is under the musical direction of Dr. Dan O’Donnell and accompanists Dennis and Linda Richardson of Montgomery City.

The MTCI is making its sixth international tour in July performing six concerts in France, Belgium and the Netherlands. The highlight of this tour will be a special memorial concert at the American Cemetery at Normandy honoring the many true American heroes who gave their lives during the D-Day Invasion and ensuing actions that turned the tide in the European theatre during World War II. The group will also tour the beaches and the museum at Normandy, perform a mass at San Michel Cathedral, and perform concerts in the Loire Valley of France, finishing the tour with concerts in Belgium and Amsterdam.

Local singers include: from Memphis- Dr. Harlo Donelson, Joan Hinds, Joe Fulk, Lynette Dyer, Jeff Dyer, Anna Lynn Kirkpatrick, Sheila Berkowitz, Lois Bertram, and Historian Pam Shalley. Singers from Kahoka include: Jeri Braxton, Chuck Braxton, Wayne Blum, Carol Trump and Gloria Macomber. Singers from Edina include Brent Karhoff, Rita Karhoff, Gail Doss, Lila Hilgeford and Jo Anne Layman. Maynard Blackwell will also travel with the group and deliver special comments at Normandy where he was among the first wave of engineers to hit the beach on D-Day.

Tiffany Trump-Humbert and Rolf Humbert of Trump Travel in Bentonville, Arkansas are organizing the 2007 tour. MTCI’s previous tours included Vienna, Austria in 1997, Salzburg, Austria in 1999, Italy in 2001, Ireland in 2003, and Germany and Switzerland in 2005.

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