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Concerts will feature top choir talent

Some of the best voices at Rosemount High School will have a showcase in a pair of concerts coming up in June.

On June 1, the school will feature approximately 19 students who have been chosen for a variety of honor- or all-state choirs or recognized at a statewide solo and ensemble competition. Two weeks later, all-state seniors Madison Holtze and Alison Baker will present a recital of their own.

RHS choir director Gina Toso said the shows came about as a way to feature some of the singing talent that exists at the school. She approached the Rosemount Area Arts Council to help present the performances.

“We just felt like we wanted to showcase our top talented students in a more defining way, without having them just be a part of the choir,” Toso said. “We wanted to make it more of a public event as opposed to us just doing it.”

Both performances will take place in the Rosemount Steeple Center. The June 1 show will take place at 3 p.m., the June 15 show at 7 p.m.

For the first show, each of the students will sing one selection. The show will last about an hour.

Holtze and Baker, who will also perform in the June 1 show, have something else in mind for their June 15 performance. Both students have taken private voice lessons from Toso over the past four years, and both will continue to study music in college. Holtze will attend the University of Minnesota, and while Baker plans to be pre-med at Gustavus she will attend the school on its top music scholarship.

On June 15, they will perform sets of music in French, German, Italian and early English. They will also perform an aria set and a music theater set.

“I just felt like we needed to do something at the end of their senior year that showcased all of this music they’ve been learning,” Toso said.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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