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Easter cantata set for Sunday


The Easter season isn't over just yet.

The Fort Frances Choraliers will perform their Easter cantata, this year entitled “Champion of Love,” this Sunday (April 23) at 3 p.m. at the New Beginnings Fellowship.

Choir director Diane Maxey said she has a solid group of 55 women and men—many mainstays and some new voices—tuned up and ready to sing.

Given the nature of the Easter holiday (the death and resurrection of Jesus), Maxey admitted the Easter cantata is somewhat more sombre musically than the Christmas one.

“But it's very uplifting," she stressed. "It's beautiful. It's really pretty.”

There is no charge to attend but free-will offerings will be accepted.

And those with a sweet tooth might want to bring along a few extra bucks as a bake sale will be held in conjunction with Sunday's performance.

Maxey said the Choraliers each bring a dozen or more of whatever baked good they make, and she often gets generous donations from others.

The Choraliers are raising money for a new sound system. It already has been purchased but now the group has to pay for it.

“We just want to pay it off. We almost have enough,” Maxey hinted.

An encore of “Champion of Love” then will be performed Sunday, April 30 at 3 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in International Falls.

Admission once again is a free-will offering.

Sponsors sought

In related news, Maxey said she's interested in getting sponsors for the Fort Frances Choraliers.

She explained that renting a location such as the Townshend Theatre can be expensive, especially when the Choraliers only charge admission on a free-will offering basis.

Having sponsors would allow them to perform there at Christmas and Easter, and—if sponsorships permit—possibly even more often, Maxey said.

It also would let them take their show on the road.

“We want to go and perform places, too. [But] in order to take them even down to Virginia or Duluth, we need money to hire a bus,” she reasoned.

Maxey noted the Choraliers have been invited to Minneapolis to sing but simply couldn't go due to the cost.

“I'd like to take them down to Rainy River and do something there—or go across to Baudette,” she added.

Maxey stressed that having 50-70 people travel together on a bus is much more practical—and safer—than having everyone drive their individual vehicles, especially during the winter months.

A general sponsor, as opposed to one tied to a specific Choralier event, might be preferable so the group can spend funds when it needs to, Maxey said.

Those interested in sponsoring the Choraliers can call Maxey at 274-7309.

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