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American Made Spring Choral Concert

Wed Apr 9, 2014 at 12:00 AM

DICKINSON, ND - Blue Hawk Music will present the annual spring choral concert, American Made, on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in Dorothy Stickney Auditorium on the Dickinson State University campus. The concert will feature music of mostly American origin, including jazz, folk, and more.

The DSU choral ensembles under the direction of Dr. Bruce Southard will be joined by the Dickinson High School Chorale under the direction of Mr. Michael Stevenson and special guest Scott Gregory. Gregory is an alumnus of both Dickinson High and Dickinson State. He graduated from Dickinson State College in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in choral education. He earned his master’s in vocal performance from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and his DMA at the Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, OH.

Gregory has performed throughout the United States and Europe as a baritone. He spent six years in Hamburg, Germany, singing as the character Raoul and Mr. Andre’ in the German production of Andrew Lloyd Webbers’ Phantom of the Opera. Gregory and his wife, singer Pamela Laurent, co-founded and run the North County School of the Arts where together they teach voice, acting, dancing, and direct as well as produce musical theater productions in the San Diego North Country area.

Gregory will be presenting a musical theatre workshop on Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 for select students in the region.

The DSU Chorale will be performing selections from the American folk tradition and songs by Stephen Foster. DSU Chamber Singers be singing Parker/Shaw arrangements from the American hymn tradition with some selections by Gershwin and an American Jazz classic, Lullaby of Birdland. The event will be concluded by the DSU Chorale who will be joined by both the DHS Chorale and Scott Gregory with a performance of Aaron Copland’s Old American Songs.

The concert has a $5.00 general admission at the door. Children under the age of 12, staff and students with a DSU valid ID are free.