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SDSU Concert Choir fall tour starts Sunday, ends Nov. 4 with home concert at PAC

The South Dakota State University Concert Choir will embark on its fall tour, “All Creation Sings,” with 11 total performances starting Sunday in Sioux Falls and culminating at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 with a home concert at the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center.
The choir, under the direction of Laura Diddle, will perform music that celebrates creation in all forms at venues across South Dakota and Iowa over the next week. 
The choir’s first three performances are in Sioux Falls, starting with a 7:30 p.m. Sunday concert at St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls. 
“The Concert Choir is honored to have been invited to sing on the St. Joseph Cathedral Sacred Arts Series,” said Diddle, the Paul E. and Doris J. Moriarty Endowed Professor of Choral Activities. 
To celebrate that space, the concert opens with a contemporary piece, “Hodie!” with pipe organ and accompanied by organist/pianist Angela Hertling. Other pieces include “A Soft Day,” “Flower of Beauty,” “The Lark in the Clear Air” featuring SDSU assistant professor Elizabeth Robinson on flute, “Shenandoah,” “Unclouded Day,” Giancarlo Aquilanti’s “Ave Maria” and contemporary composer Elizabeth Siegel’s “To Be Free.”
Monday starts with a morning performance at Lincoln High School and an afternoon performance at O’Gorman High School in Sioux Falls. Then the choir heads to Iowa for a 7:30 p.m. Monday concert at Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City.
On Tuesday, the choir has morning performances at Sioux City’s East High School and Maple Valley-Anthon Oto School in Mapleton, Iowa, followed by a 7:30 p.m. concert at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Osceola, Iowa.
Wednesday brings the choir to a morning performance at Clarke Community Schools in Osceola, Iowa, and then back to South Dakota for an afternoon performance at Yankton High School. The singers’ day ends with a 7 p.m. concert at Friedens Reformed Church in Tripp.
Finally, the choir returns to Brookings for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Larson Memorial Concert Hall on the SDSU campus.
No admission will be charged at any concert.
“The Concert Choir takes a fall tour every year and looks forward to performing in major metropolitan areas and in small towns in the Midwest,” Diddle said. “The singers in the choir come from South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin, and all have been singing since they were quite young. They look forward to representing SDSU across the North Central region.”
The 70-member Concert Choir serves as the ambassadorial choral ensemble of the Music Department at SDSU. Comprised of SDSU’s most gifted and talented vocalists, membership in the choir is contingent upon excellence in musicianship, vocal artistry and dedication.
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