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Concord Singers to perform Sunday in Longville

The Concord Singers from New Ulm will perform in concert from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at Salem Lutheran Church in Longville, concluding the 2014 Music in the Park series.

The Concord Singers from New Ulm will perform in concert from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at Salem Lutheran Church in Longville, concluding the 2014 Music in the Park series.

This free indoor performance will feature festive German music. The renowned men's chorus carries on a rich New Ulm pioneer tradition of German and Austrian music dating back to the mid-19th century. Since 1931, men from the New Ulm area have performed on radio and television and recorded German language songs on CD.

The Concord Singers are known as America's foremost German language men's chorus. They travel extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Europe and are called New Ulm's "Ambassadors of Good Will."

In exuberant style, the chorus sings current and traditional German music and folk songs.

The emcee, longtime member and former director of the chorus, is Bob Beussman, who sings baritone and plays the trumpet. He is the mayor of New Ulm.

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Patrick Sonneck directs the chorus. Richard Wilbrecht is the drummer, Reuben Stoll plays the harmonica and Eileen Beirk is the keyboardist. Vocal soloists include Stanley Miller, Randy Presisnger, Charles Mitchell and Eugene Brand.

The indoor concert will be the concluding music event of the opening "Fall Has It All" weekend and Longville's Oktoberfest. While there is no cost for admission, freewill donations are appreciated.

The Concord Singers concert is funded, in part, by a grant from the Campbell Foundation of Minneapolis. The Music in the Park series is a community outreach activity of Salem Lutheran Church and supported by the Longville Area Community Choir.

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