A newly organized choral group is teaming with a similar Twin Cities choir to present an exchange concert.
Camerata Domenica, based out of Zion Lutheran Church in Anoka, will perform Saturday, March 24, 7 p.m., at the church located at 1601 Fourth Ave. S. Free will offering accepted.
“We’re excited to be a part of the music community in the north metro,” said director Joseph Osowski.
The Bloomington-based Angelica Cantanti choir, under the direction of Philip Brown, will perform separate pieces as part of the exchange. The two groups, about 80 students strong, will come together to perform Psalm 51.
Camerata Domenica, which loosely translates to Sunday Singers, will sing a variety of music ranging from Mozart to Tallis to modern music composer Eric Barnum of Crookston.
The music, some sung in four and eight parts, will be performed either a cappella or accompanied by pianist Amy Forsberg.
The auditioned group comprises 35 students ranging from eighth graders to seniors and draws local singers as well as students from Elk River and Stillwater.
A chili feed, with chili, corn bread and beverage for $5, will take place at the church March 24, 5:30 p.m., before the concert. The event is a fund-raiser for a Camerata performance tour to Chicago, Ill., and Milwaukee, Wis., this summer.
Camerata was started last fall. The idea was to offer an enriched choral experience to students, Osowski said. Many of the singers are students involved in band and orchestra and couldn’t fit choir into their school schedules.
The mission of the group is to promote choral singing through quality musical experiences that enhance the musical lives of its singers and audiences.
The March concert will give audience members a chance to hear two new groups, to support kids and hear a variety of music, Osowski said.
“It’s just a neat variety of singers,” he said.
Camerata Domenica performed its first concert in December to an audience of 250 people at Zion.
Osowski said he hopes to grow the choir. The group will perform a Mother’s Day concert June 21 at 4 p.m. at Zion Lutheran.
Osowski is associate choral director at Anoka and Blaine high schools.
Camerata Domenica rehearses Sundays year round from 4 to 6 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church. For more information, visit www.cameratadomenica.org.
Elyse Kaner is at [email protected]