St. Olaf Choir, 2-3-11
ST. OLAF CHOIR TO PERFORM AT BAYLOR
The internationally renowned St. Olaf Choir will present a concert on Thursday, February 3, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within Baylor University's Glennis McCrary Music Building. The choir is conducted by Anton Armstrong, and organist John Ferguson also will appear on the program.
After F. Melius Christiansen founded the St. Olaf Choir in 1912, he was credited with transcending America's limited early-twentieth-century choral tradition with the introduction of unaccompanied singing of the highest level. "Prior to the St. Olaf Choir, glee clubs and oratorio societies were the choirs of the day," said Dr. Armstrong. "A cappella singing in America was new for its time. The St. Olaf Choir helped establish what we know today as the parish choirs that are now a regular part of many worship services across the nation."
The 2011 national tour program includes works by African-American composers Mitchell B. Southall, André J. Thomas, Moses Hogan, and Mitchell Southall. Also to be heard is music by Canadian-Israeli composer Aharon Harlap, Venezuelan composer Alberto Grau, choir member Stanford E. Scriven, Johannes Brahms, Morton Lauridsen, and Daniel L. Shutte.
"On this tour, we perform in concert halls and churches that have outstanding grand pipe organs," said Dr. Armstrong, "and we look forward to performing exciting works for chorus and organ with John Ferguson." Among them are pieces by Kenneth Leighton, John Ireland, and John Rutter. When the St. Olaf Choir performs John Ferguson's well-known arrangement of Beethoven's Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee for chorus and organ, the audience will be given a unique opportunity to sing along.
Tickets will be available at the door. For ticket information, call the choir's toll-free telephone number at 1-800-363-5487, or order online by visiting the St. Olaf Choir's box office at www.stolaftickets.com.
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