Bigger and better than ever, the Bluff Country Singers Spring Concert, now with over 50 voices, comes to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley on Sunday, April 23 with concerts at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. A stirring combination of popular, patriotic, and soul arrangements, as directed by Elliott Grandall and accompanied by Suz Eberle, shares the stage with solos by soprano Michelle Salo Turnberg, Josh Hogberg at trumpet, Daniel Hayes-Hall on the baby grand, and Kylie Meyer on the mighty Our Savior’s pipe organ.
The first of four choral sets begins with a Mark Hayes arrangement of the Theme from “New York, New York” followed by “You Raise Me Up.” Then the haunting but reassuring Pilgrims Hymn from the opera “The Three Hermits” is followed by the Broadway hit, “Singin’ in the Rain.”
After Kingsland High School Band Director Josh Hogberg performs the “Allegro Con Spirito” from the Johann N. Hummel Trumpet Concerto in E-Flat, the chorus returns with the extremely soulful “City Called Heaven” featuring a heart stirring solo by Michelle Salo Turnberg. The set concludes with “A Festive Call to Freedom” and the inspirational “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.”
Preceding a break for a freewill offering, Daniel Hayes-Hall performs the Franz List Hungerian Rhapsody N. 6, “Friska” after which the chorus returns with “A Prayer for Heros” featuring Josh Hogberg on trumpet and “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho” with Diane Carr and Suz Eberle sharing the keyboard.
A Kylie Meyer pipe organ solo, “Prelude in Classic Style,” precedes the final choral set of “Morning Trumpet” featuring (you guessed it) Josh Hogberg; followed by a Mark Hayes arrangement of “I Must Tell Jesus,” and will be concluded with a heart-felt rendition of “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
This year’s Bluff Country Singers:
Soprano: Mickey Angerman, Robin Breckenridge, Diane Carr, Hisako Eppen, Lily Freet Pam Freet, Amanda Geer, Sally Jeske, Joan Kujath, Claire Mettler, Jessie Meyer, Kylie Meyer, Judy Nelson, Linda Niemeyer, Darlene Popadak, Gail Rollie, Michelle Salo Tumberg, and Candis Wiste
Alto: Janice Christianson, Deb Dahl, Karen Grandall, Carol Gross, Janet Kappers, LuAnn Klevan, Sue Krahn, Kim McKeon, Julie Mlinar, Jenna Moon, Pam Nelson, Ellen Rollie, Jadelyn Rollie, Carol Skare, Brenda Staudinger, and Danette Steinmetz
Tenor: Marcy Capelle, Harlan Eickhoff, James Engesser, Alex Gehrig, Eli Haugen, Hunter Meisner, Ian Meisner, Garry Post, Jake Stacken, Nancy Stender, and Naomi Stuckey
Bass: Jon Dahl, Jeffrey Entgelmeier, Isaiah Haugen, Janoah Haugen, Daniel Hayes-Hall, Dick Jahn, Kirby Johnson, Jerry Klevan, and Doc Lyon
The Bluff Country Singers is devoted to performing music of all types with annual Christmas and spring concerts. The next Christmas concert will be performed Sunday, December 10, 2023. Area musicians interested in joining Bluff Country Singers are invited to contact Elliott Grandall at (507) 346-7882.