Woodbury Chorus & Orchestra to be at Granite Falls Lutheran Church on October 15 for Food Shelf Benefit Concert.

The Woodbury Chorus and Orchestra under the direction of Erik Peregrine will present “American Impressions” on October 15, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at Granite Falls Lutheran Church. This will be the first Woodbury Chorus and Orchestra concert performed for the benefit of the Neighbors United Resource Center Food Shelf and the first appearance in Granite Falls.

A community dinner will follow the concert at Granite Falls Lutheran Church. All are welcome! This concert of familiar orchestral and choral music will include Copeland’s Variation on a Shaker Melody from Appalachian Spring, “What Wondrous Love Is This”, “Wade in the Water”, “The Promise of Living” from Copeland’s “Tender Land”, Gershwin’s “Summertime, Shenan-doah”, and selections from Dvorak’s “American Suite”.

The concert is free and no tickets are required. A free will offering will be taken, with 100% of the proceeds to benefit the United Resources Center Food Shelf. As the Woodbury Chorus & Orchestra enter their 32nd year, they note that their audiences have given over a $534,000 for the food shelves, enough to provide over 2,592,850 meals. The Chorus and Orchestra receive no compensation for this concert.

In 1985 several Woodbury area church choirs joined together to present the Messiah. At that concert, a collection was taken for the Christian Cupboard, the Woodbury food shelf, inspired by the fact that Handel’s first Messiah presentation was also to help feed the poor. From this group, the chorus and orchestra was formed, incorporated in 1991, and received non-profit status in 1992. Throughout its history, the Woodbury Chorus and Orchestra (WCO) has been an all-volunteer organization, including its directors.

In the early 1990s, in anticipation of a WCO presentation of Messiah in Renville County, members of that community asked if they could also participate in the presentation. That experience led to the formation of an associated group with a volunteer director that has become an integral part of WCO. This Renville County part of WCO has over 30 singers rehearsing regularly with their director, while the Twin Cities group has about 30 singers and 20 orchestra members. WCO is a community chorus that is open to anyone regardless of age, race, gender, sexual or religious preference. The current age range of WCO members is from twenties to mid-eighties, although we have had several high school age orchestra members.