Choir of the North prepares for Saturday concert

Published: Dec. 1, 2021 at 5:57 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - On Saturday, Dec. 4, the Choir of the North will take to the stage on the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) campus to regale the community with live music.

“We’ve all worked really hard to bring this to the community and be able to share it with everyone.” said soloist Madeline Andriesen.

The choir is composed of both university students and members of the community, all coming together to create a common sound.

Taylor Hendricks, also a soloist at the concert, explained that her favorite part of singing is “definitely getting to collaborate with other people.”

The choir’s conductor Jaunelle Celaire finds the return of live music refreshing.

“For so long we’ve been trapped in our homes, experiencing music on a virtual note,” she said, adding, “There is a realness and an organic feeling that one gets when we sit and listen to live music.”

Andriesen echoed that sentiment, saying, “To experience music and share a moment together is really important, especially in these times where we often don’t get to see people face to face anymore.”

The audience this season will be treated to Christmas spirituals.

“They’re really gorgeous and tonally, just so beautiful,” according to Andriesen.

The group has rehearsed meticulously in preparation for the event.

“It’s really awesome to hear the music grow and to hear members of the choir internalize it.” Celaire said.

Hendricks explained the concert is “an opportunity to share our hard work and passion.”

And to UAF students in the choir, the concert also serves as their choir final.

The concert will take place at the C.W Davis Concert hall. It begins at 7:30 p.m. and is scheduled to run for one hour.

Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra will also hold concerts at the same venue Saturday, Dec. 4 and Sunday, Dec. 5 at 4 p.m.

Masks are required to attend, according to UAF policy.

More information about the event can be found here.

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