Concert to feature ballet dancing

The Borderland Community Orchestra, now in its fifth season, is presenting an innovative new performance this Friday at the Backus Auditorium in International Falls, combining the sounds of the orchestra with dance and singing.
The “Holiday Sing-a-long” will feature the Janet Wagner Dance Studio dancers from the Falls, who will perform four selections from “The Nutcracker” while the orchestra plays the music.
“We’re very excited about that,” said director and conductor Katherine Williams. “We’re trying to do some pretty big things, and we’re looking forward to working with them.”
The orchestra also will perform some traditional Christmas carols, including “O Holy Night,” featuring a solo by local oboist Dr. Bob Algie.
Afterwards, the audience will be encouraged to sing along with the orchestra.
“We’ll be playing some, then asking the audience to join us, and then ending with hopefully everyone in the audience signing the “Halleluia Chorus” as our grand finale,” noted Williams.
“What we’re also doing is asking anybody who comes to the concert that might have a copy of Handel’s “Messiah” to bring that along so they can sing the ‘Halleluia Chorus’ with us,” she added.
The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets cost $11 in advance, which are available at Northwoods Gallery and Gifts on Scott Street here.
The orchestra then will hold a similar event at Donald Young School in Emo on Monday (Dec. 22), but without the dancers.
The latter performance is a fundraiser for the school, with tickets selling for $5 per person or $10 per family.
The Borderland Community Orchestra boasts 64 members from both sides of the border—from Rainy River to Bear’s Pass and from Baudette to Ranier.