We’re all aware of Minnesota's long-established status as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” Years ago, in grade school, I learned that there are actually more lakes than that, and during my three decades of living in Ireland, I occasionally shared that fact with curious acquaintances, as a means of explaining what was so special about Minnesota.
Since returning to live here, I’m increasingly aware of things other than lakes that seem to exist in large numbers in Minnesota. For example, it sometime seems as though we could be called the “Land of 10,000 theater companies.” Likewise, craft beers; there was a building at the State Fair this year called — you guessed it — “Land of 10,000 Beers.”
Some things have not changed, of course. Mosquitoes, for example. There have always been a lot of those, though the slogan might need to be changed to “Land of Ten Billion…”
Choirs are another thing that Minnesota always has had in abundance. Official confirmation of this, if any were needed, can be found in the letterhead of the Minnesota chapter of the American Choral Director’s Association: “Land of 10,000 Choirs.”
Classical MPR’s Choral Stream features choirs from Minnesota and across the globe, with recorded performances of the finest choral music, 24/7. This coming Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m., one of Minnesota’s (roughly) 10,000 choirs will be featured in a very special way. The Concordia Choir from Concordia College, Moorhead, began their annual Spring Tour this year with a concert at the Ordway Concert Hall in St. Paul, and Classical MPR was there to record it. It’s a big year for the choir, marking conductor Rene Clausen’s 30th year at that post. The concert program is wide-ranging, eclectic and beautifully presented by a choir that prides itself on musical integrity and spiritual expression. Tune in to the Choral Stream at 8 p.m. on Tuesday for this special performance by the Concordia Choir.
And you might like to make the Choral Stream your destination every Sunday evening at 7 p.m., for a cantata — a musical form loosely described as a vocal composition with instrumental accompaniment. The theme of cantatas for October has been dramatic works that explore frightening themes — yhis Sunday, Oct. 23, you can hear a performance of Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht.