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Russell Arts Council presents special music program


Special to The Hays Daily News

Special to The Hays Daily News

RUSSELL -- This summer, the Russell Arts Council is presenting a classical music concert series for the Russell community and surrounding areas.

There will be five concerts in total throughout the summer, and each will be made up of Russell musicians past and present.

The concerts will be performed at different churches in town in an effort to display their beauty, both architecturally and acoustically.

The opening concert of the series will be at 3 p.m. today. It will be a program of renaissance and 21st century music with a 20-voice chamber choir.

This concert also will premiere a piece of music composed for the opening of the series by Russell native and new USD 407 Vocal Music teacher, Michael Davidson.

Concert No. 2 will be a solo recital featuring Davidson on July 13.

Davidson is an accomplished operatic tenor, having sung major roles in operas at Loyola University in New Orleans, where he earned a bachelor's of music degree, and at the University of Kansas, where he completed a master's of music degree in vocal performance.

The third concert will be an educational program featuring a choir of Russell High School students with the four young artists as soloists. The music will be a Bach Cantata and a Baroque Oratorio: Carissimi's Jephte. This will be at 3 p.m. July 25 at Trinity United Methodist Church. Concert No. 4 will be at 7:30 p.m. July 25. It is a Friday evening performance with music including Brahms quartets and solo voice literature performed by the four young artists of the series.

The fifth and final concert of the series will be performed twice in one weekend. There will be an evening performance in Hays at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2 and a Sunday afternoon performance at 3 p.m. Aug. 3 in Russell at St. John's Lutheran Church. This will be a concert feature Mozart's "Requiem" with a community choir, soloists and orchestra.

Tickets for the summer can be purchased at the Russell Chamber of Commerce beginning June 1. Each concert is $10, or $35 for all five performances.