Final concert in the Coon Rapids desert and coffee series April 12

Barbershop harmony will be showcased in the fourth and final concert of Coon Rapids Arts Commission’s 2012 dessert and coffee concert series.

The Minneapolis Commodores will perform Thursday, April 12, 7 p.m., at the Coon Rapids Civic Center.

The Minneapolis Commodores will perform Thursday, April 12, 7 p.m., at the Coon Rapids Civic Center.

The Minneapolis Commodores will perform Thursday, April 12, 7 p.m., at the Coon Rapids Civic Center.

According to Kris Linquist, city staff liaison to the arts commission, the Minneapolis Commodores Chorus is one of the elite choruses in the Barbershop Harmony Society.

The Minneapolis Commodores Chorus was organized and chartered in 1944. Membership has numbered above the century mark for most of the chapter’s existence. Approximately eighty members are currently active singers with the Commodore Chorus.

The Minneapolis chapter has selected as its primary charity the University of Minnesota’s research efforts in the area of cardiovascular health and treatment. Over the years chapter contributions to this research program total over $400,000.

The Minneapolis Commodores continues to produce an annual show.

The 2012 show at Benson Great Hall at Bethel University March 27 was the 65th consecutive annual show.

The Minneapolis chapter also has a long history of competitive excellence, Linquist said.

Each year the Barbershop Harmony Society sponsors competition among its choruses and quartets.

The Commodore Chorus has won 14 gold medals in Land O’Lakes District competition and has earned the right to compete in international chorus 16 times, most recently in Anaheim, Calif., in 2009.

In four of those appearances the Commodores were named among the top five barbershop choruses in the world.

The chorus meets every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at House of Prayer Lutheran Church in Richfield.

The concert will also feature an exhibit by a local artist, plus dessert and beverage served.

Tickets for the concert are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors 65 and older as well as children age 12 and under.

Admission includes dessert and beverage.

Call 763-767-6432 for more information and advance tickets.

The Coon Rapids Civic Center is at 11155 Robinson Drive N.W.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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