Concert: Roanoke College Choir

SALEM, Va.- The Roanoke College Choir, under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Sandborg, will present "Nordic Soundscapes" with guest conductor Lone Larsen, associate director of the Swedish Radio Choir from Denmark, and Al Woitera on vibraphone and other percussion instruments, Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew's Catholic Church, 631 North Jefferson Street, Roanoke. Among Larsen's specialties are jazz, African-American and folk music, all of which will be reflected in the musical materials of the concert. Join the Roanoke College Choir and acclaimed choral conductor Larsen for another popular choral sonic excursion. The public is invited to attend at no charge.

According to Sandborg, "Having recently seen the cooking competition program, The Iron Chef, it occurred to me that much of what we do in these concerts is parallel to what takes place on that show; within one hour, the chef creates spectacular dishes from ingredients that are unveiled on the spot. This is similar to what happens in our 'improv' concerts and people love it!"

Larsen was born in Vind, a small village in western Jylland in Denmark. She was trained as a choir conductor and music teacher at the Academy of Music in Aaborg, Denmark, and completed her diploma in choir conducting at the Royal Academy in Stockholm. In addition to leading her professional ensembles, Voces Nordicae and the jazz ensemble Vocation, she has worked extensively with the Eric Ericsson Chamber Singers in Stockholm.

The Roanoke College Choir has been heard frequently in collaboration with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, in its traditional holiday concert, "Lessons and Carols," at St. Andrew's Catholic Church, and in 12 countries since 1996. Most recently, the choir contributed to commemorative activities throughout Normandy, France, recognizing the 60th anniversary of D-Day. Music from the choir's Christmas CDs has been broadcast by radio stations around the country and on NPR's "Sing for Joy." Recent guest clinicians and conductors have included Gunnar Eriksson (Sweden), Ulrikka Molin (Sweden), Stefan Forssén (Sweden), and Roger Treece, a member of Bobby McFerrin's VOICESTRA. Sandborg has served as the choir's conductor since 1985.

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