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Choir to highlight Midwinter shows

Jan. 30, 2001

By ABBy RICHARDSON

Reporter

The renowned St. Olaf Choir will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 6 in Jones Concert Hall.

The St. Olaf Choir chose to perform at Baylor while touring this part of the country. The choir will also be performing in Austin and Dallas.

'It works beautifully because the St. Olaf Choir performance will ducktail with the seventh-annual Midwinter Organ Conference,' said Dick Veit, the concert office manager. 'They will fit right in.'

The St. Olaf Choir is acclaimed internationally because of its 12 tours to Europe and Asia.

The St. Olaf Choir has been a longtime influence behind the a capella choral tradition, and the choir is also an important force in American choral music.

Anton Armstrong, the choir's present conductor, leads the St. Olaf Choir.

The choir's organist is Jon Ferguson, professor of organ and church music at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.

The St. Olaf Choir has performed under many notable guest conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Neeme Jarvi, Sir David Willcocks, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, and the late Robert Shaw. The St. Olaf Choir also continues to make frequent appearances with the Minnesota Orchestra.

The St. Olaf Choir has made 14 compact discs including The Spirituals of William L. Dawson, Advance Australia Fair, and the most recent, Great Hymns of Faith.

'CDs will be available before and after the choir performance and tickets will be sold at the door,' said Karen Groman, secretary of the First Lutheran Church of Waco.

Tickets for the St. Olaf Choir are priced at $18, and students are admitted for a discount price of $10 with a Baylor ID.

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