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Sheldon has music for the young (and young at heart)

The Red Wing Singers will bring to life whimsical music from “The Little Mermaid,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Frozen” and more at the “Family Fun Fest” concert Saturday April 9 at the Sheldon Theatre. Showtimes are 3 and 7 p.m.

Hear musical selections including “Kiss the Girl” from “The Little Mermaid” to “Circle of Life” from “The Lion King” to classics nursery rhymes such “Sing a Song of Sixpence” set to music by John Rutter.

In addition to the Red Wing Singers choir, there will be instrumentalists, Mother Goose rhymes, audience participation and Ogden Nash poetry.

“We hope to attract some new, young audience members with our light, family-friendly fare,” said choir member Verna Fricke of the interactive concert, “but by no means should this discourage our traditional audience.”

She added the concert has lively and challenging choral settings of nursery rhymes and “some just plain silly stuff.”

Director Bill Foot said the choir’s spring concert tends to be “lighter” than their annual Christmas show.

“We wanted to do something for all ages, that is fun for children and parents of children,” he said. “The best example is the nursery rhymes. Most kids know them. They know ‘Humpty Dumpty’ and the fact that is familiar should attract younger people, but the choral setting with a creative composer will keep older people engaged.”

Or take “Let It Go.”

The contagiously popular hit song from Disney’s 2013 animation “Frozen” is not an easy arrangement for singers, Foot said.

“But that is how you try to keep the singers on the their toes, kids interested and adults interested,” he said. “The adults will appreciate the arrangement, because they may have heard kids singing it around the house more than they would like.”

The 32-member choir of local singers has a mission to give high quality performances with a variety of choral music for the community and to continue to grow as vocal artists.

The ensemble’s first concert was at United Lutheran Church on May 21, 1961, under the direction of Harold Rygg. The group has continued to perform annually ever since.

Accompanying the choir is John Albright.

Tickets are $12.50 adults, $7.50 students in advance. The Sheldon Theatre is located at 443 W. Third St. Find more information at or call 651-388-8700.

Stacy Bengs-Silverberg

Stacy Bengs has been a photojournalist at the Red Wing Republican Eagle since 2010. She holds a bachelors degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota.

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