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African Voices

Saturday, May 10, 2008
St. Olaf Catholic Church, Minneapolis

Bridges: African Voices African Voices, the Minnesota Chorale's 2007-08 Bridges program, brought together a consortium of more than 250 Twin Cities singers to explore the rich and vibrant heritage of African choral music. Members of the consortium included the Minnesota Chorale and its newly formed Minneapolis Youth Chorus (Patrice Arasim, director), St. Olaf Catholic Church's African International Choir (Othello Collins, director), St. Peter Claver Cameroon Choir (Julie Fondungallah, director), and the choirs of St. Olaf Catholic Church (Dr. Lynn Trapp, director) and Central Lutheran Church (Mark Sedio, director).

The two latter choirs were participants in the American Composers Forum's 2007-08 Faith Partners program, under which composer Victor Zupanc created a new work, connecting the choral traditions of the Africa and the United States. The combined choirs, under the direction of Kathy Saltzman Romey, premiered Zupanc's work at the May 10th performance.

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