DWU’s Highlanders to go on fall tour

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The Dakota Wesleyan University Highlanders will be on tour to eastern South Dakota high schools and churches next week.

The Highlanders – DWU’s premier audition choir – will travel to Aberdeen, Alexandria, Ethan, Kimball, Plankinton and White Lake, with concerts also in Mitchell Nov. 8-10. All concerts are free and the church performances are open to the public.

“This is a great show to take on the road,” said Dr. Clinton Desmond, DWU choral director. “We have a balance of beautiful pieces with really fun songs like ‘Eye of the Tiger’ and the audience is going to enjoy joining in on ‘An Irish Blessing.’

“One of the best aspects of touring is that our students have the opportunity to sing before entirely new audiences – many of these people have never seen a Dakota Wesleyan performance and that is a valuable experience for young performers.”

The choir will perform 15 pieces, including “I’m Going Home,” “Elijah Rock,” “Come and See the Baby” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” Several Highlanders will also give solos during many of the performances.

The performance schedule is as follows:

Nov. 8

8 a.m., White Lake High School, White Lake

12:15 p.m., Kimball High School, Kimball

2:50 p.m., Plankinton High School, Plankinton

7 p.m., Plankinton United Methodist Church, Plankinton -- OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Nov. 9

10:50 a.m., Mitchell Christian School, Mitchell

Noon, Mitchell High School, Mitchell

1:50 p.m., Hanson High School, Alexandria

7 p.m., Ethan United Methodist Church, Ethan -- OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Nov. 10

7 p.m., St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Aberdeen -- OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

The Ron and Sheilah Gates Department of Music at DWU will also perform its Christmas at Dakota Wesleyan concerts on Dec. 1 and Dec. 2. Tickets are $10 and will be on sale soon.