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Chorale’s annual spaghetti dinner is Oct. 5 at Faith United

Barry McNamara
10/02/2019
An inside view of Basilika St. Michael, one of the venues where the Chorale will perform next spring.
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MONMOUTH, Ill. – The Monmouth College Chorale invites the local community to a supper so it can sing in Europe.

The Chorale will host its annual spaghetti dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at Monmouth’s Faith United Presbyterian Church, 200 S. Eighth St.

The cost for the meal is $5, which includes all-you-can-eat spaghetti (including a vegetarian sauce option), salad, garlic bread, dessert and lemonade. Chorale students are selling tickets in advance, or tickets can be purchased at the door.

The dinner will raise funds for the Chorale’s annual spring break trip, which in 2020 will take the ensemble to the European cities of Salzburg, Vienna and Prague.

“We are performing in some very beautiful cathedrals in Europe, including the gorgeous St. Michael’s cathedral in Mondsee, just outside Salzburg, where the wedding took place at the end of the film The Sound of Music,” said Chorale director Tim Pahel.

In Vienna, the Chorale will perform a joint concert with a local choir, then have a reception and dinner with them after the concert. In Prague, the ensemble will sing at the historic Salvator Church.

“The acoustics in all three of these churches are phenomenal, and it’s going to be so exciting to perform in them,” said Pahel.

The Chorale’s membership has grown this year, as only three members graduated in May and 15 new members have been added.

“We were good last year – so we’re adding strength and lots of good freshman leaders,” said Pahel. “We’re excited about all the good things that will be coming from these students.”

The Chorale’s next performance is Oct. 19 as part of Homecoming festivities at the College.