Cantemus to perform April 13 in Perry Fine Arts concert

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Perry Fine Arts has announced the first of two concerts scheduled in April.

Leading off its April lineup is Cantemus, the middle-school choir of the Heartland Youth Choir (HYC) organization, which will perform in concert on Monday April 13 at 7 p.m. in Perry High School’s Performing Arts Center, 1200 18th St. in Perry.

Cantemus performs at many events in the Des Moines metro area and throughout the state in addition to producing four major concerts each year, according to Duane Griffin, director of Perry Fine Arts. They have sung with the Des Moines Symphony, the Des Moines Choral Society, Drake University Choirs and Orchestra and numerous times with Des Moines Metro Opera, Griffin said.

“HYC is composed of 160 singers from 15 counties in central Iowa,” Griffin said. “HYC provides a unique opportunity for children of all racial, economic, and religious backgrounds. Singers from public, private and home-school settings participate in this vocal music experience, and quality literature from all styles and periods forms the foundation for musical learning.”

Griffin said the youth choir tours each year and has performed in festivals throughout the United States. Cantemus has been selected to perform at the Organization of American Kodaly Educators National Conferences, American Youth Choral Directors Conference, the North-Central American Choral Directors Association Conference and the American Guild of Organists Conference, Griffin said.  They will be performing for the Iowa Choral Directors Summer Symposium in July 2015.

HYC was founded by Artistic Director Barbara Sletto in 2003 as a civic organization providing a performance-based program for youth and emphasizing musical literacy and character development.

Perry Fine Arts concerts are free and open to all. Donations will be accepted.

The Performing Arts Center is handicapped accessible.

For more information, contact Duane Griffin, 515-465-4782, 1802 W. Second St., Perry, IA 50220,  duligriffin@mchsi.com.

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