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Goodhue knows what love is

The Goodhue Chamber Choir will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform on stage with the rock band Foreigner on April 8 at Treasure Island Resort & Casino. File photo

The Goodhue Chamber Choir will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform on stage with the rock band Foreigner on April 8 at Treasure Island Resort & Casino.

The choir won a radio contest through KWNG 106 that had communities vote for their respective school districts. The voting was competitive, with Goodhue and Zumbrota-Mazeppa each taking the lead on multiple occasions.

In total, there were 57,157 votes submitted, according to the KWNG Facebook page.

Goodhue Choral Director Emily Shores hadn't heard of the contest until she saw it on her Facebook page one day. After some encouragement from her colleagues, Shores began to embrace the idea.

Backed by the "fierce" Goodhue community, Shores and the advanced choir group were victorious. When she heard the news on March 29, Shores said she couldn't help but celebrate.

"I jumped up and down a little bit," Shores said.

The Grammy-nominated band, most known for songs like "Juke Box Hero" and "Feels Like the First Time," began in 1976, selling more than 75 million albums.

Shores said most of the students were familiar with some Foreigner songs. The choir will perform the chorus to "I Want to Know What Love Is," one of Foreigner's most popular songs.

Shores said students will likely go to the concert early for sound check, but plan to order some commemorative T-shirts and go bowling and eat pizza after their performance.

Shores said she really appreciated all of the voting and effort put in by the Goodhue community to make this night possible.

Tickets are available through the Treasure Island website: http://www.ticasino.com/live-entertainment/

The Goodhue choirs next performance will be May 10 for their end-of-the-year concert at the school.

Matthew Lambert

Matthew Lambert joined the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2018 covering school board, public safety, and writing features. Lambert previously wrote for the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal. He is a graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication: Journalism. 

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