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Sounds of the Renaissance/Copper Country Chorale

Making ‘Sounds of the Renaissance’

December 1, 2011
By STACEY KUKKONEN - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HANCOCK - Blending strong harmonies and occasional accompanied instruments, the Copper Country Chorale returns this holiday season with its traditional Christmas concert.

Under the direction of Carol Waisanen, the Copper Country Chorale presents "Sounds of the Renaissance" at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Finnish American Heritage Center in Hancock.

Dan Maki, who has been a member of the Copper Country Chorale for 41 years now, is one of many participants with a solo during the show.

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Stacey Kukkonen/Daily Mining Gazette
Dan Maki sings at rehearsal for the Copper Country Chorale Monday at the Finlandia University Chapel of St. Matthew in Hancock.

"This would be from the Spanish renaissance," he said of his solo in the tune "Riu, Riu Chiu."

Two Spanish Christmas carols will be performed, telling the stories of Christmas legends of peasants and wolves.

Every year, the director picks a different arrangement to be performed during the Christmas concert. The arrangements vary while still representing the Christmas theme.

Carla Johnson, president of the Copper Country Chorale, said the group hosts a Christmas and spring concert.

"You can expect to hear great music," she said.

Musical accompaniment will join the group, including Pat Valencia of Valencia Studio in the Jutila Center on guitar.

"Myself and several of my students from my studio will join for some songs," he said. "The music is very nice for the holidays."

Valencia said he is excited for the public to hear the music Sunday. This is the first time he has performed with the Copper Country Chorale since the 1990s.

"It's fun," he said. "I really enjoy it."

The Finnish American Heritage Center is located at 435 Quincy St. in Hancock. Tickets are $7 at the door.



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