One of the new pieces heard on this year's St. Olaf Christmas festival was written by a student composer, Stanford Scriven, class of '11. It's a sparkling setting of a familiar text and you can hear it today on regional spotlight.
Tune in to Classical Minnesota Public Radio Thursday afternoon for Regional Spotlight. Host Steve Staruch will highlight Minnesota choir The Summer Singers.
On Thursday's Regional Spotlight, classical host Steve Staruch features a recent performance by the visiting Oslo Chamber Choir at Boe Memorial Chapel at St. Olaf College in Northfield.
Robert Simpson first captured the spirit of Russian choral music from his Russian wife Marianna Parnas Simpson. But tracking down scores for what would become the new recording of his Houston Chamber Choir, a disc called "Ravishingly Russian," turned out to be a stumbling block.
When the Oslo Chamber Choir tours Minnesota this weekend, they will have an action-packed four days with nary a break. Friday in Moorhead, Saturday in Minneapolis, Sunday in St. Cloud and Monday in Northfield.
Two Minnesota-based national touring choirs are performing together in a concert titled, "Soul," featuring the music of Gabrieli, William Byrd and new arrangements of traditional gospel songs.