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Press Release from Thief River Falls Times

T.H.I.S. Movement is ready to bring “What About Us” to Thief River Falls, Minneapolis, and New York City. The Thief River performance will be Sunday and Monday, May 13-14 starting at 7 p.m.
“What About Us” is a musical performance featuring today’s youth taking on tough issues using song and dance to illustrate a more positive and peaceful world. Professional gospel singers including Robert Robertson and Darnell Davis from Minneapolis join the 192-voiced mass choir to bring the thrill of gospel and pop to new heights. Songs from groups such as the Black Eyed Peas, Johnny Lang, Michael Jackson, Kirk Franklin, and Minnesota’s own gospel composer Darnell Davis will fill the show with energy that will spark hope for a better and more accepting world. The “What About Us” orchestra is composed of professional instrumentalists from Minneapolis, NYC, and LA.
Reese commented that some of the most unique moments of the project have taken place in the classroom when the students are talking as a large group about how their world needs to be fixed and what they can do to actually make a difference. Many of the students see how music has the power to bring hope and change to a world that needs fixing. They are determined to bring their inspiring message to not only Thief River Falls but to as many places as they possibly can. So it is very important that they hit these tough issues through their concert music. Because of a very generous donation in memory of Paul Erickson, father of choir alumni Justine and Lori plus Senior  choir member David and future choir member McKayla, the entire show has been arranged specifically for the choir by two professional arrangers in Minneapolis. Adi Yeshaya and Mark Henderson teamed up to write the harmonies for the choir as well as the full orchestration for piano, keyboards, drums, bass, lead guitar, saxophone, and trumpet. Reese picked all the songs based on the words. The words of each song tell a story from the first song to the last. The open in“Chaos Project” puts our chaotic world into perspective and seems to make chaos come to life in a very personal and real light. Songs from Michael Jackson (“Earth Song”), The Black Eyed Peas (“Where Is The Love”), Johnny Lang (“I Believe”), Kirk Franklin (“I Smile”) are just a few of the songs on the lineup that have a story of their own to tell. The students dialogued about each of the songs throughout January and February and knew what type of energy was needed for each song. With the help of various friends from Minneapolis, the LHS Choirs will bring a message of a brighter day and a brighter world to all that attend the show not only in Thief River Falls but also in Minneapolis and New York City.
Student small groups and soloists include: Leandra Craigmile, Brenna Skallet, Josh
O?Connell, Peter Samuelson, Paige Thune, and Morgan Stokke, Erika and Chris Carillo,
Jorde Hutton, and Hunter Balmer. The three choirs include the Concert Choir, Bel Canto Choir, and the Swingsations.
A new addition to the show line-up for this year is the “What About Us” dancers including Shunay Reese, Amanda Sturgeon, Ashley Borchart, Erika Carillo, Peter Samuelson, Hunter Balmer, and Grady Pederson. These young dancers have been working with choir alumni Constant Jackson for the past two months to bring the house down with the final song of the night “Victory”. The dancers are all hip-hop style dancers and have just the right “bring the house down energy” that a show like this requires.
Freshman, Aaron Fagerstrom, will display his tech savvy skills with a visual display that will keep all eyes open and eager to see more. The PowerPoint and video portion of the show re-enforce the message that each of us can change our situation if we just believe it can happen. Robert Robinson and singer/songwriter Darnell Davis will be working alongside the choir members to bring all of their audiences a show and a message worthy to be repeated from May 13 through June 15, 2012.
Tickets are on sale at the LHS Activities Office in Lincoln in Thief River Falls. Enter the doors by the old gym and take the first right into the office. Each ticket is $10 and all seats are reserved and non-refundable. The activities office is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. All 192 students hope that their community will take the time to see all of their efforts. The students perform the best when they know that they have a packed house of family and friends who support their efforts.
The Thief River performance will be Sunday and Monday, May 13-14, starting at 7 p.m. sharp each night.
The Minneapolis performance will be on Monday, June 11 at St. Joan Of Arc in Minneapolis at 7:30 p.m.
There will be a freewill offering taken at the door in Minneapolis. The New York Jazz At Lincoln Center performance will take place on Friday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Allen Room in the Time Warner building on Broadway and Central Park.
Don?t miss their message, and don’t miss the MOVEMENT!

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