German choir to perform in St. Charles

Will give performances at Arcada, Norris Cultural Arts Center

ST. CHARLES – The Tookula Student Choir of Minden, Germany, will visit St. Charles from Monday through Thursday as part of the Blue Lake International Exchange Program, according to a news release.

Members of the 60-voice choir will stay in private homes while visiting St. Charles, Jenny Santos, chairwoman of the committee that is making the arrangements for the group’s visit said, according to the release.

While in St. Charles, Tookula will perform two concerts. Tookula’s first concert will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles.

"Thanks to the generosity of Arcada owner Ron Onesti, this concert will be free; however, donations to the Thompson Middle School Fine Arts Booster will be accepted at the door," Santos said, according to the release. "The program will include folklore and songs from all over the world, including a short video presentation about the choir’s homeland."

The second concert will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles. This concert will feature Tookula and Thompson Middle School’s Bella Voce, which is comprised of current and past members.

"This concert is free, also, and sponsored by the Thompson Middle School Fine Arts Boosters, so donations will be gratefully accepted," Santos said. "The program will include sacred and secular songs from all over the world."

Blue Lake’s International Exchange Program began in 1969 when a 90-voice choir toured England, Belgium and Germany.