The King's Singers and The Concordia Choir collaborate
The Concordia Choir performed with The King’s Singers on campus in February 2010 to help celebrate The King Singer’s 40th Anniversary as a touring group. The performance was part of the group’s 2010 season throughout The United States, Europe, Japan, China, Taiwan and South Korea.
Singing and working with The King’s Singers was such a rewarding experience for The Concordia Choir. Tenor, Paul Phoenix said of singing with the Choir, “Working with a group of young people like those in The Concordia Choir is inspirational for us- these students are so talented, so highly motivated, and extremely well trained and valued by their director.” There was so much energy between the two groups and was a truly memorable experience.
The group also recorded three songs with The Concordia Choir to be included on their new CD to be released internationally in 2011 titled, “High Flight.” The new CD will include music by former King’s Singer Bob Chilcott and contemporary composer Eric Whitacre.
Baritone Phil Lawson commented about the recording session with the choir saying, “It certainly keeps you on your toes when you’re confronted with such a well-disciplined and committed choir.” Conductor Rene Clausen returned the sentiment, “I’m honored by it all,” says Clausen. “To be on the same CD as composers like Whitacre and Chilcott, and to have the choir appear on an international recording with The King’s Singers is a big thrill. It’s an elevating experience for us all.”
We have had the pleasure of hearing Concordia Choir on a number of occasions and, in years past, even had the delight of sharing a concert platform with this wonderful choral institution. We are absolutely thrilled to be returning to Minnesota once again to collaborate with one of America's top choirs in a project celebrating the cream of today's choral composing talent and, in doing so, we will be recording and performing with a group that manages year after year to set the choral standard for choirs across the land.
~ Stephen Connolly