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Choralaires to perform

The Jamestown Choralaires in their 2017-18 season official photo. Submitted

With the theme of "A World of Music," the Jamestown Choralaires will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25-26, at the Jamestown High School Theater.

The concert will feature singing styles from the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Africa and Russia. The Jamestown Boys' Choir will join the Choralaires in performing "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" and "Dona Nobis Pacem."

The January concert will be dedicated to Larry Hoffman, who is in his 60th year as a baritone with the Choralaires, said Pamela Burkhardt, the Choralaires director for the past 23 years. Hoffman is a good example for the members of the Boys' Choir, and the Choralaires, by showing that music is an activity to enjoy and participate in for life, she said.

"We are looking forward to once again sharing a great evening of music, with a wonderful variety of tunes ranging from serious to silly," Burkhardt said.

The Choralaires formed in 1955 and with annual tryouts has maintained a 40- to 50-member choir each year, she said. The longevity and continued participation are due largely to member enthusiasm, she said.

The Choralaires, accompanied by Richard Walentine, are the only North Dakota member chorus of the Associated Male Choruses of America, the group hosted Big Sings in 2016, 2012, 2004, and 1997.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the door the night of the concert or in advance from Choralaires members, Boys' Choir members and at Looysen I Care, 821 1st Ave. S. For more information on the event, contact Mark Sherfy at 952-6049 or and visit