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WMS music students perform at festival

WORTHINGTON -- Twelve Worthington Middle School (WMS) eighth-graders were selected for participation at the 2015 "Celebration of Music" festival at Brandon, S.D., on March 4.

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Relaxing prior to the “Celebration of Music” concert were these WMS eighth-grade musicians (left side, front to back): Blaine Doeden, New Bu, Tad Stewart, Christipher Lee, (right side, front to back) Ben Lopez, Anwar Farra, Davis Moore, Pwe Ku, Adrianna Engler, Aryah Marsh and Sarah Spieker. Not pictured: Alyssa Lira. (Submitted photo)

WORTHINGTON - Twelve Worthington Middle School (WMS) eighth-graders were selected for participation at the 2015 “Celebration of Music” festival at Brandon, S.D., on March 4.
WMS choral director Cindy Anderson chose six students for inclusion in the festival’s 130-voice choir: sopranos Adrianna Engler and Aryah Marsh, altos Sarah Spieker and Alyssa Lira, and baritones Davis Moore and Pwe Ku. Those students joined other vocalists from schools across southwest Minnesota and western South Dakota in the day’s rehearsals and concert, led by Dr. Russell Svenningsen of Augustana College.
The choir’s concert selections were “Come to Me, O My Love,” “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” “Kyrie Eleison” and “O Sifuni Mungu.”
WMS band director Mike Andersen chose these instrumentalists for the festival’s 121-memeber band: trumpeters Ben Lopez and Anwar Farra, trombonist New Bu, baritone saxophonist Tad Stewart, clarinetist Christipher Lee and percussionist Blaine Doeden. They were under the direction of Mitchell (S.D.) High School band director Ryan Stahle for rehearsals and the 2 p.m. concert, at which they performed “Aliens Landing,” “Tomorrow’s Yesterdays,” “The Machine Awakens” and “Aggressivo.”
The Brandon Valley School District and its parents’ association hosted the annual music festival at the Brandon Valley Performing Arts Center.

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