Choirs to team up for concert

This Sunday (Dec. 7), choirs from both sides of the Rainy River will get together to present an ambitious Christmas concert at Backus Auditorium in International Falls.
The choirs from St. Mary’s and Knox United here will join forces with four church choirs and two high school ones from International Falls for “A Holiday Community Concert,” starting at 4 p.m.
Also performing will be the Northern Timbers, a men’s choir, and a String of Pearls, a women’s one.
Altogether, about 200 people will be performing on stage.
“We’ve never done this before,” said Donna Frederickson, a music teacher at Falls High School and organizer for the event.
Each choir will perform two songs, then all 10 choirs will sing together, including a number of popular Christmas carols, Frederickson noted.
While they’ve never had this many performers on stage before, she said they would find a way to make it work.
“We won’t have a practice until that afternoon,” Frederickson laughed, adding, “I hope it works out.”
“It should show off the sound [in the auditorium] really well,” said Barbara Metzger, executive director for the Citizens for Backus/AB.
“We’re hoping it will be an annual thing,” she added. “It’s really fun for the choirs to do it. I’m looking forward to it.”
Tickets for the concert cost $10 at the door, or $9 with a non-perishable food item for the Falls Hunger Coalition.