Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Try to catch the Bemidji State U Choir on tour NOW

Bemidji Choir Spring Tour 2013

The Bemidji Choir and Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. P. Bradley Logan,will embark on a fall concert tour, March 20-24. The tour will consist of daytime concert/workshops at high schools along with public concerts.

Public concert locations are:

March 21: St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, Roseville, MN (1660 W. County Road B) - 7:30 PM
March 22: Monticello High School, Monticello, MN (5225 School Blvd.) - 7:30 PM
March 23: St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Crosby, MN (617 Poplar Street) - 12:30 PM
March 24: Bemidji State University Main Theatre - 3:00 PM

High school concert/workshops will be held at:
Grand Rapids High School, Hibbing High School, Duluth East High School, and St. Michael’s/Albertville High School.


A Simple Alleluia  by Andrew Miller
When David Heard  by Thomas Weelkes
Hosanna to the Son of David by Orlando Guibbons
Lord, How Long Wilt Thou Be Angry? by Henry Purcell
Fishing In the Keep of Silence   by Paul Carey
The Choir Invisible by Ron Harris
My Spirit Sang All Day by Gerald Finzi
Hark, I Hear The Harps Eternal  arr Alice Parker
De Profundis by Aaron McDerimd
Christ Is Arisen by Ludwig Lenel
Set Me As a Seal  by Rene Clausen
Danny Boy  arr. Peter Knight

Crucifixus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Antonio Lotti
Three Love Songs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kenneth Neufeld
I. They Know Not My Heart
II. The Young, May Moon
III. O Doubt Me Not

Concerts are free of charge and open to the public. A free-will offering will be taken at each performance to help defray tour expenses.

[FROM PAUL:  My "Fishing in the Keep of Silence" is a premiere. You can read more about it here ]

THE BEMIDJI CHOIR, founded in 1937 by Carl O. Thompson, has gained an international reputation for excellence. Under the direction of his successor, Dr. Paul Brandvik, the choir represented the United States five times at the international choral festival, The Europa Cantat: in France, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, and Spain. They have appeared in the Israel Festival and at the Zimriya, World Festival of Choirs in Israel. They have also performed at national and regional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and the Music Educators National Conference. 

In addition to concerts, tours, and recordings, the choir has produced a series of Madrigal Dinners for forty-four years.

Under the direction of Dr. Logan, since 1998, The Bemidji Choir has performed for the 2003 American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Convention in New York City, the 2002 ACDA North Central Division Convention in Des Moines, IA, the 2002, 2006, 2010 Minnesota Music Educators Association Conventions, the 2006 North Dakota Music Educators Convention, and the 2001 Minnesota ACDA Convention. On April 15, 2002, The Bemidji Choir presented a concert in Carnegie Hall, New York.

On the international scene the 2000-2001 choir toured Italy, Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. Concerts included the Third International Festival of Choirs in Siena, Italy, and a performance for Pope John Paul in Rome. The 2004-2005 choir toured Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic including a concert at the Röthenburg Choral Festival in Röthenburg, Germany. The 2007-2008 choir toured Scotland and England. Performance sites included York Minster Cathedral, Coventry Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral (Oxford), St. Paul’s Cathedral (London), and Westminster Abbey (London). The 2010-2011 choir toured Germany, Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. Performances sites included St. Thomas Church (Leipzig), St. Nicholas Church and St. Vitus Cathedral (Prague), St. Ann’s Church and St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Vienna), and Keiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (Berlin).

CHAMBER SINGERS isan ensemble of fifteen singers chosen by audition from the membership of The Bemidji Choir. They specialize in literature for small choirs, such as English carols, renaissance madrigals, and chansons, and a wide variety of contemporary works. During fall semester they serve as the Royal Court for BSU’s annual Madrigal Dinners.

Under the direction of Dr. Logan, the Chamber Singers have performed at the 2002 ACDA North Central Division Convention, the 2001 Minnesota ACDA Convention, the 2006 North Dakota Music Educators Convention, and the 2002, 2006, and 2010 Minnesota Music Educators Conventions.

DR. P. BRADLEY LOGAN, is Professor of Music, and Director of Choral Activities at Bemidji State University, where he conducts TheBemidji Choir and Chamber Singers, teaches conducting, choral studies, and applied voice. He has served on the faculties of the University of Montevallo, Louisiana College, California State University, Long Beach, and Pelham High School. Dr. Logan holds his B.S. in Vocal Music Education from North Dakota State University, his M.A. in Choral Music from California State University, Long Beach, and his D.M.A. in Choral Conducting and Literature from the University of Illinois.

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