Food shelf concert

Chordhustlers’ benefit concert draws big crowd
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church was nearly filled to capacity for the Windom Area Chordhustlers’ annual Food Shelf Benefit Concert Sunday afternoon.

Admission to the concert was an item for the food shelf or a freewill monetary donation. A total of 509 pounds of food were collected at the concert as well as $615, which was all donated to local food shelves.

The 90-minute concert featured a number of holiday selections performed by the hosts, which included secular songs of the season as well as several classic Christmas hymns, all sung in traditional four-part barbershop harmony. The men’s barbershop chorus numbers 30 men from all around the area.

In addition to the Chordhustlers, Original Blend, a quartet of Chordhustlers members Irvin and Brian Sether, Jay Imker and Karl Frederickson performed a couple of holiday selections.

A highlight of the concert was a guest appearance by the Southwest Minnesota Men’s Chorus from the Walnut Grove area. The group sang several numbers from its holiday concert series it will be performing in Marshall, Lamberton and Lucan.

Among the songs the group sang was “The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth,” an arrangement made famous by Bing Crosby and David Bowie.

The concert concluded with members of the two choruses coming together to sing one song from each group’s repetoire.

The Chordhustlers have held a food shelf benefit concert for over 30 years.

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