Just a few short years ago Ali Carlson, Landon Franke, and Kelsey Lindell were making amazing music with the choir at Farmington High School under the direction of conductor Megan Dimich. Now the three are attending Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota – Dimich’s alma mater – and singing in the very same choir that led Dimich to become a high school conductor.
Carlson, Frank and Lindell and The Concordia Choir will be taking the stage at 7:00 p.m. Feb. 25th at Farmington High School in the Recital Hall. Concordia’s choir will be sharing that stage with the Farmington High School Concert Choir under the direction of Megan Dimich.
“In high school my choir director, Ryan Fellman, introduced the Concordia Choir to our choir during my junior year,” Prichard says, “ and I was blown away at how beautiful they sounded.”
Now Carlson, Franke, and Lindell are singing in that prestigious choir under conductor, Dr. René Clausen. Farmington is part of The Concordia Choir’s 15-day 2017 tour which includes performances in Denver; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Santa Fe, and Las Cruces, N.M.; Tucson, Ariz.; Scottsdale, Ariz.; Sun City, Ariz.; Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; Dana Point, Calif.; Palm Desert, Calif.; Thousand Oaks, Calif. and Moorhead, Minn.
Landon Franke credits his love for singing and his decision to attend Concordia College from a state honor choir with Dr. Clausen. “During my Junior year, I got the opportunity to sing in the 50th anniversary of MNACDA under the direction of Dr. René Clausen. With also having heard the countless stories about Dr. Clausen from our choral director, Megan Dimich, you can only imagine the excitement I had for this experience. That weekend conference was the reason I chose Concordia and knew that I wanted to sing in 'that choir'.”
Ali Carlson is looking forward to this experience and sharing it with her choir members. “I am so excited to have the opportunity to perform on my old stomping grounds and reconnect with Farmington High School. The recital hall is such a great place to sing in”
Clausen, celebrating his 31st year at Concordia, has programmed a varied set including a section titled, ‘How Can I Keep From Singing,' which includes works by Pete Seeger, Norman Luboff and Shawn Kirchener. Other composers include Hugo Distler, Heinrich Schutz, Krystof Penderecki, Alexandre Gretchaninoff, J.S. Bach and the conductor’s own composition. The final set includes a number of hymns, folk songs and spirituals.
Touring nationally and internationally since 1918, The Concordia Choir has performed in nearly every major hall in the United States and continues to affirm its reputation as one of the nation’s finest a cappella choirs. Paul J. Christiansen, son of F. Melius Christiansen, was the conductor of The Concordia Choir for 49 years.
Tickets for the concert featuring the Farmington High School Concert and The Concordia Choir are available online at ConcordiaTickets.com, by calling (800) 838-3006, or at the door.