Fort Dodge Choral Society concert is today

Fort Dodge Choral Society will present “Living Gloriously,” featuring choir, chamber orchestra, and guest soloists Kellen Schrimper and Mike Stodden at 3 p.m. today at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, 239 N. 11th St.

Conductor Bruce Perry will lead the group in Giacomo Puccini’s exuberant “Messa di Gloria,” a rarely performed work composed when Puccini was only 18 years old.

Tenor Mike Stodden is a native of Lake View. He was a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions after winning the South Dakota Met Auditions. Stodden has appeared as soloist with Jackson Berkey’s Soli Deo Gloria Cantorum in Omaha and serves as cantor and soloist at St. Patrick’s Church in Elkhorn, Nebraska. He has appeared with Choral Society in performances of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Requiem” and as soloist in a concert of spirituals. When not singing, he enjoys spending time with his fiancee and his children Alex and Sydney, watching them perform in musical events, and cheering at their athletic competitions. Stodden is a physical therapist who owns and operates Stodden Physical Therapy in Elkhorn, Gretna, Bennington, and Aliance, Nebraska.

Kellen Schrimper is a baritone from Waukee who has had extensive training under Professor Leanne Freeman-Miller at Drake University. In his time at Drake, he has performed roles such as Antonio from “Le nozze di Figaro”; Richard White from “Alice Ryley”; and Mr. Ford from “Falstaff.” He has also worked with Cedar Rapids Opera in “Speed Dating Tonight!” When performing with the nonprofit organization The Opera Project Des Moines, he created the role of Escamillo in their production of “Carmen.” During his training in Italy, he worked with renowned Metropolitan Opera singer George Shirley, as well as singing in masterclasses with the “baritone of the century” Sherrill Milnes. This summer, Kellen will be a young artist with Des Moines Metro Opera for its 47th season and will be a study cover for the role of Colline in “La Boheme.” After Kellen receives his bachelor’s degree in music in Vocal Performance from Drake in December, he plans to earn a master’s degree in music.

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

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