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Valley City Junior Senior High Schoolâs senior choir director Sheila Zinke said her choir students are busy planning a fun show for Valley Cityâs 25th annual cafe concert in a couple weeks.
The show, held Jan. 27 at 3 p.m., and Jan. 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. is the biggest fundraiser for the music department. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for children. Call Cindy Creviston at (701) 490-0231 to purchase them.
This yearâs theme is âFun in the Sun,â so âthat conjures up all sorts of summer songs,â Zinke said.
âHopefully everybody forgets about the cold and the winter weather and just has some fun,â Zinke said.
The event will feature five choirs from Valley City Junior Senior High School, which are the senior choir, consisting of juniors and seniors; the varsity choir, consisting of ninth and 10th graders; the seventh and eighth grade choirs, both under the direction of Carol Foth; and the Valley City swing choir, the schoolâs only audition choir. The schoolâs jazz band will perform under the direction of Tom Kjelland during intermission.
âThe kids have a lot of input as to the music they perform,â Zinke said. âThey also start their own choreography. Theyâre put together in groups and they make up all their own choreography.â
Itâs a group-led project, Zinke said, which makes it good for meeting state and national standards.
âItâs a great thing, because they sing alone, they sing in groups. Theyâre learning culture and history, as far as some of the songs way back from early times,â she said.
The senior choir has two choral sets, each about 5-6 minutes. The first set is music from the 1960s, including songs like James Brownâs âI Feel Good,â and âThe Sounds of Silence.â
The other set is a swing choir set, featuring Irish rock band U2âs âBeautiful Day,â and âStormy Weather,â from 1933, and ending with American Composer Irving Berlinâs âBlue Skies.â
The varsity choirâs will be singing some âfun stuff too,â Zinke said, including choral highlights from the musical âJersey Boys,â and a set called âCalifornia Dreaming,â including the Beach Boysâ âSurfinâ USA.â
âEach class of girls and guys has got their own ensemble, that they picked music for,â Zinke said, including âPocketful of Sunshine,â pop singer Katy Perryâs âCalifornia Gurls,â âItâs Raininâ Men,â country band Zac Brown Bandâs âKnee Deep,â âWe Go Togetherâ from the Greece musical.
Zinke said sheâs also featuring a lot of senior soloists throughout the concert. Rachael Schauer will be singing âSummertimeâ from Porgy and Bess.
âWe have guest choirs that come on different days,â Zinke said.
On Sunday, the seventh-grade choir will be opening up the show with a Beach Boysâ medley, and on Monday, Deb Boppâs sixth graders and the Catholic sixth graders will be combining their effort, and on Tuesday, the opening choir will be the eighth graders.
The eighth graders will be doing a thunderstorm theme, where theyâll sing âSend Down the Rain,â and âKokomo.â
The Valley City swing choir will perform the Beach Boysâ âGood Vibrations,â Michael Buble and Frank Sinatraâs âSummer Wind,â Jason Mraz âIâm Yours,â Lionel Richie and Shania Twainâs âEndless Love,â and âSummer Nightsâ from Greece.
âThey were all kind of popularized in the summer, so thatâs how we came to that,â Zinke said.
Because the concert is in its 25th year, Zinke plans to celebrate by bringing back a couple acts. On Sunday, Jacob Denault, student at University of North Dakota, will perform Johnny Cashâs âI Walk the Line,â On Tuesday, Wayne Engelhard and Shelby Hatch, students at Valley City State University, will sing their duet they sang four years ago called âIslands in the Stream,â by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.
Zinke said the Cafe Concert is âa Valley City thing.â
âItâs a real community effort,â she said. âOur parents work behind the scenes. We have many committees.â
Some helpers from the community are Mike and Kathy Lentz who are the overall chair people, and Mike Wadeson, who will operate the lights.
Penny Peterson is the music aide, and âI call her the choreography police,â Zinke said. âBecause while Iâm getting the kids musically ready and playing guitar like mad, sheâs out there checking their choreography.â
Zinke and her son Tommy will be playing guitar, and Dianna VanBruggen and Cyndi Hill are the accompanists.