Special to the Times-Record
Students from Valley City Junior Senior High School practice for their upcoming Cafe Concert July 27-29.
Valley City Junior Senior High Schoolâ€™s senior choir director Sheila Zinke said her choir students are busy planning a fun show for Valley Cityâ€™s 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 yearâ€™s theme is â€śFun in the Sun,â€ť so â€śthat conjures up all sorts of summer songs,â€ť Zinke said.
â€śHopefully everybody forgets about the cold and the winter weather and just has some fun,â€ť 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 schoolâ€™s only audition choir. The schoolâ€™s jazz band will perform under the direction of Tom Kjelland during intermission.
â€śThe kids have a lot of input as to the music they perform,â€ť Zinke said. â€śThey also start their own choreography. Theyâ€™re put together in groups and they make up all their own choreography.â€ť
Itâ€™s a group-led project, Zinke said, which makes it good for meeting state and national standards.
â€śItâ€™s a great thing, because they sing alone, they sing in groups. Theyâ€™re learning culture and history, as far as some of the songs way back from early times,â€ť 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 Brownâ€™s â€śI Feel Good,â€ť and â€śThe Sounds of Silence.â€ť
The other set is a swing choir set, featuring Irish rock band U2â€™s â€śBeautiful Day,â€ť and â€śStormy Weather,â€ť from 1933, and ending with American Composer Irving Berlinâ€™s â€śBlue Skies.â€ť
The varsity choirâ€™s will be singing some â€śfun stuff too,â€ť Zinke said, including choral highlights from the musical â€śJersey Boys,â€ť and a set called â€śCalifornia Dreaming,â€ť including the Beach Boysâ€™ â€śSurfinâ€™ USA.â€ť
â€śEach class of girls and guys has got their own ensemble, that they picked music for,â€ť Zinke said, including â€śPocketful of Sunshine,â€ť pop singer Katy Perryâ€™s â€śCalifornia Gurls,â€ť â€śItâ€™s Raininâ€™ Men,â€ť country band Zac Brown Bandâ€™s â€śKnee Deep,â€ť â€śWe Go Togetherâ€ť from the Greece musical.
Zinke said sheâ€™s also featuring a lot of senior soloists throughout the concert. Rachael Schauer will be singing â€śSummertimeâ€ť from Porgy and Bess.
â€śWe have guest choirs that come on different days,â€ť Zinke said.
On Sunday, the seventh-grade choir will be opening up the show with a Beach Boysâ€™ medley, and on Monday, Deb Boppâ€™s 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 theyâ€™ll sing â€śSend Down the Rain,â€ť and â€śKokomo.â€ť
The Valley City swing choir will perform the Beach Boysâ€™ â€śGood Vibrations,â€ť Michael Buble and Frank Sinatraâ€™s â€śSummer Wind,â€ť Jason Mraz â€śIâ€™m Yours,â€ť Lionel Richie and Shania Twainâ€™s â€śEndless Love,â€ť and â€śSummer Nightsâ€ť from Greece.
â€śThey were all kind of popularized in the summer, so thatâ€™s how we came to that,â€ť 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 Cashâ€™s â€śI Walk the Line,â€ť On Tuesday, Wayne Engelhard and Shelby Hatch, students at Valley City State University, will sing their duet they sang four years ago called â€śIslands in the Stream,â€ť by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.
Zinke said the Cafe Concert is â€śa Valley City thing.â€ť
â€śItâ€™s a real community effort,â€ť she said. â€śOur parents work behind the scenes. We have many committees.â€ť
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 â€śI call her the choreography police,â€ť Zinke said. â€śBecause while Iâ€™m getting the kids musically ready and playing guitar like mad, sheâ€™s out there checking their choreography.â€ť
Zinke and her son Tommy will be playing guitar, and Dianna VanBruggen and Cyndi Hill are the accompanists.