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Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2012 6:00 am

ST. JOSEPH - The Monday Musical Club of Southwestern Michigan will present its November program, "Honoring Americana," at 7 p.m. Monday at The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 601 Main St.

The program will feature the Andrews University Singers, under the direction of Stephen Zork, with pianist James Kraus, mezzo soprano Lorie Kraus and cellist Sara Thomas performing "The Christ Child Sleeps," "A Teasdale Winter Trilogy," "Stars" and premiering "Dear Lord" and "Father of Mankind" all from Michigan composer Louis M. DeShantz. The Ed Bagatini Quintet also will perform a selection of original compositions.

Zork has been the director of choral studies at Andrews University since 1991. He teaches choral pedagogy classes, oversees the graduate school choral conductors, and conducts the Andrews University Singers. He's also in his 20th year as director of music for First Congregational UCC of St. Joseph.

James Kraus has been minister of music at St. Joseph First United Methodist Church since 1993. He directs several choirs and ensembles, plays the organ and piano, and teaches several music courses at Lake Michigan College.

Lorie Kraus has been teaching voice since 2008. She was the children's choir director at St. Joseph First United Methodist Church and sings with the Citadel Symphony Chorus.

Thomas received her master's degree in cello performance from the University of Notre Dame. She is the assistant principal cellist of the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra and the principal cellist of the LaPorte County Symphony. She also is on the faculty of the Citadel Dance & Music Center.

Bagatini, who has performed with Benny Goodman, Frankie Valli and Michael Boulton, is known for laying the foundation for the band departments at Lake Michigan College and Lake Michigan Catholic School.

He and his wife Adrienne operate a music store in St. Joseph, and his current musical groups are The Ed Bagatini Trio, The Dynabones and The New Swing Orchestra.

Admission is free. The Monday Musical Club typically meets the first Monday of every month and welcomes members who perform music and those who appreciate it.

For more information, call Vivian Oberheu at 428-2625.

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