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Benefit concert raises funds for 2012 international tour

Photos: Connor McCourtney

Drake Choir members put on a nontraditional concert last Saturday night in Sheslow Auditorium. This special performance was $5 for students and $25 for adults. All proceeds went to help fund Drake Choir’s 2012 international tour. The tour is scheduled to stop in Wales and Ireland. From summer 2009 to May 2010, the group received donations from well over 100 supporters, all donated a minimum of $100.

The show kicked off with the large Drake Choir, under the direction of Professor Aimee Beckmann-Collier, performing “Ilay Gandangan” and “O sacrum convivium.”

Following the opening choir, campus-renowned pianist Philip King partnered with tenor Joshua Strief to sing “Lily’s Eyes” from “The Secret Garden.” The crowd-pleasing piece opened eyes to the many talents of King, a Drake University vocal performance major. King also accompanied five songs throughout the concert.


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