World-renowned St. Olaf Choir to perform with Golden Voices
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (January 29, 2014) — As part of the Tuskegee University Lyceum Series, the St. Olaf Choir of Minnesota’s St. Olaf College will visit Tuskegee. Meant to enlighten the university community and contribute to the holistic education of the students, the series incorporates events from the History, English, and Fine and Performing Arts Departments. The St. Olaf Choir performance is the first event in this year’s series.
The choir will perform during All-University Worship this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. CST. St. Olaf and the Tuskegee University Golden Voices Concert Choir will sing two signature pieces “Beautiful Savior,” arranged by St. Olaf’s founding director, F. Melius Christiansen, and “Ezekiel Saw de Wheel,” which was arranged by Tuskegee’s famed past director, William L. Dawson.
“Any time two choirs can interact is a learning and growing experience for both groups. The traditions represented by each group should make for a vibrant and insightful encounter,” said Wayne A. Barr, Tuskegee Golden Voices choir director. “Our students will become acquainted with another’s singing tradition and perhaps form new bonds.”
Barr said Dawson transformed the Tuskegee choir into one of America's premier choirs in 1932. He said the St. Olaf Choir paid tribute to him with an all-Dawson recording in 1997. The choir is now returning to Tuskegee for the first time in many years for this free performance that is open to the public.
According to Barr, St. Olaf is part of a rich heritage and is a standard bearer for choral excellence. Under its founding director, the choir transformed American choral music by introducing a cappella singing of the highest caliber. Barr said its current conductor, Anton Armstrong, continues to take this phenomenal ensemble to ever higher heights of achievement and renown.
World-renowned St. Olaf Choir.
“When two great traditions share the same space, it is an historic moment,” Barr said. “I invite, I urge the university community, and the community- at-large, to come and experience this moment with us!”
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