St. Olaf Choir to Continue Presidential Concert Series
The St. Olaf Choir, regarded by many to be America's top college choir, will continue Lee University’s Presidential Concert Series on Friday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Conn Center.
“When they opened their mouths to sing, an even wall of sound emerged: words clear, notes true. More than that, the notes were felt,” said The New York Times of the choir.
Since its founding in 1912, the St. Olaf Choir has set a standard in the choral art, serving as a model for choirs of all levels. The ensemble’s annual tour brings its artistry and message to thousands of people across the nation and around the world.
St. Olaf Choir returns to Lee’s Presidential Concert Series after a 2003 performance that drew a large and responsive crowd to Conn Center. The choir has taken 13 international tours and performed for capacity audiences in the major concert halls of Norway, France, South Korea, New Zealand, Australia, New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, and the Twin Cities.
The choir began recording in the 1920s. The annual “St. Olaf Christmas Festival” has aired on national and international radio and television for more than 30 years, and in December 2013, PBS premiered “Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir,” which was filmed at the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway.
Conductor Anton Armstrong has led the ensemble since 1990. He is the Tosdal Professor of Music at St. Olaf College and only the fourth conductor in St. Olaf Choir history. Armstrong is a graduate of St. Olaf College and earned advanced degrees at the University of Illinois and Michigan State University. He is editor of a multicultural choral series for Earthsongs Publications and co-editor (with John Ferguson) of the revised St. Olaf Choral Series for Augsburg Fortress Publishers.
“Hearing the St. Olaf choir is more than just a musical experience,” said Armstrong. “What makes this ensemble distinctive is the way our singers perform at the highest artistic level and touch the hearts and souls of our listeners. Through body, mind, spirit and voice our audiences are transformed.”
Tickets will be available at the Lee University Box Office in the Dixon Center or by phone (423-614-8343) one week prior to the concert, 3-6 p.m. or online at http://stolaftickets.com/.
For more information on the St. Olaf Choir, please visit http://wp.stolaf.edu/stolaf-choir.
For more information about Lee University’s Presidential Concert Series, please visit http://www.leeuniversity.edu/pcs/ or call the School of Music at (423) 614-8240.
St. Olaf Choir to Continue Presidential Concert Series
More Entertainment News
Last Update on January 27, 2015 08:07 GMT
JOAN RIVERS - LAWSUIT
NEW YORK (AP) -- Melissa Rivers says no family should have to go through what she, her son -- and her mom -- went through. So she has filed a lawsuit against the clinic where Joan Rivers was being treated when she lost consciousness last year. The malpractice suit against Yorkville Endoscopy suggests doctors treating the E! Fashion Police star were careless, cocky -- and incompetent. Among other things, the suit claims the doctors botched the endoscopy and performed another medical procedure on Rivers' vocal cords without consent. The suit also says the doctors snapped a selfie with Rivers while she was still under -- and were slow to respond when her condition deteriorated. Rivers died a week after she was taken unconscious from the clinic to a hospital.
AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Joan Rivers' daughter has sued Yorkville Endoscopy, where her mother was treated before her death last summer.
<<CUT ..003 (01/27/15)>> 00:21 "was not suspected"
Oscar Wells Gabriel
AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Joan Rivers' death wasn't directly tied to the alleged negligence at the Yorkville Endoscopy facility.
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH - APOLOGY
LONDON (AP) -- Benedict Cumberbatch is offering no excuses -- he says he was simply an "idiot" to refer to blacks and other minorities as "colored." The Oscar-nominated actor uttered the word in an interview with Tavis Smiley on PBS. Cumberbatch said -- quoting here -- "as far as colored actors go," there are more opportunities in the U.S. than Britain. While the actor said the situation is "something that needs to change" -- his choice of words to describe minorities blunted those sentiments for some. While the term isn't considered inherently racist, it was widely used to described blacks in this country during the pre-civil rights era when there were separate public accommodations for blacks and whites -- supported by both custom and law.
AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch used an outdated racial term in discussing diversity in movies during a PBS TV appearance.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Aside from Jennifer Lopez's latest movie, it wasn't the best weekend to be a brand new offering at the multiplex. Jennifer Lopez's "The Boy Next Door" finished a distant second to "American Sniper," which ruled the box office for the second straight weekend. Two other major releases failed to crack the top 5. The animated fantasy movie "Strange Magic" landed in seventh place, while the latest Johnny Depp flop, "Mortdecai" was in ninth place.
Black HistoryCelebrating Black History Month with African American Firsts: Sports Legends
The Good LifeCelebrating the events, adventures and activities that represent "The Good Life" in the NewsChannel 9 viewing area.
Coats For KidsHelp us keep a child in need warm this winter.
Road TrippinCome Road Trippin' with us and see all the great sites in your area!
Closings and DelaysThese are the latest School and Business Closings reported to NewsChannel 9. If you see errors or need to add a school or business, call 423-757-7320.
Educator of the WeekNominate now for Educator Of The Week!
Deaf & Hard of HearingInformation provided to NewsChannel 9 by members of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community.
Sponsored EventsCheck Back Often for NewsChannel9 Sponsored Events!