Fort Dodge Choral Society to perform concert Sunday

Fort Dodge Choral Society will present “Heavenly Voices” at 3 pm, Sunday, at St. Olaf Church, 239 N. 11th St. The May Day celebration of beautiful singing features choir, chamber orchestra, guest soloist Collin Ellsbury, and the world premiere of Jonathan Campbell’s “Requiem.”

Baritone Collin Ellsbury is a musical theater/vocal performance major at Oklahoma City University. He last performed with FDCS at the Beethoven concert where he performed “An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98.” At OKCU, Collin recently performed as John Brooke in Mark Adamo’s opera “Little Women,” J.J. Peachum in “The Threepenny Opera,” “Closer Than Ever” as Man No. 2, and Guglielmo in “Cos fan tutte.” Additionally, Collin is pursuing a bachelor of arts in philosophy and Ppolitical science at OKCU. Collin has also performed as Jamie Wellerstein in an independent production of “The Last Five Years” and at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia with the Broadway Dreams Foundation. This past January, Collin performed in NYC as a semifinalist for the NATS National Musical Theatre Competition. This summer, Collin will be performing in “The Sound of Music” and “La Boheme” at the Bay View Music Festival in Petoskey, Michigan.

Composer Dr. Jonathan Campbell has many published works. In 2013, his anthem “They That Go Down to the Sea in Ships” won first prize at the Morningstar College Choral Composition Festival. He was also awarded a Faith Partner’s Residency from the American Composers Forum in 2013. His anthems are published by six nationally distributed publishing houses, including Augsburg Fortress, Concordia, G.I.A., Morningstar Music, Graphite, and Falls House Press. In 2013, the Silver Winds flute quartet commissioned Dakota Summer, a work which was featured at both the 2015 and 2017 National Flute Conventions.

He has numerous compositions in print with leading publishers and is in demand as a professional tenor and conductor. He currently serves as director of music and worship at Zion Lutheran Church, Anoka, Minnesota, and is the artistic director of the Minnesota Renaissance Choir.

The program also features Mark Hayes’ “Requiem,” a work conductor Bruce Perry describes as “a 21st century choral masterpiece whose beauty and power rank it among the great requiems by Mozart, Faure, Rutter, and Durufle.”

Admission to the concert, located at St. Olaf Church, 239 N. 11th Street, Fort Dodge, is by season membership or available at the door for $10. All students are admitted free. For further information, visit FDChoralSociety.org.


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