The Grammy Awarding choral performance, “Life and Breath: Choral Works by René Clausen”will be performing at The Pink Church First Presbyterian, 2331 Northeast 26th Ave., Pompano Beach on March 7 at 7 p.m.
Clausen, a world-renowned composer and conductor conducts the 73-voice a cappella choir and is the artistic director of the Emmy® winning Concordia Christmas Concerts seen by audiences of 18,000 each year and televised nationally through PBS (Public Broadcasting Service). Clausen has written more than 130 commissioned compositions for ensembles across the world including the St. Olaf Choir and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. On the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 national tragedy he conducted his composition “MEMORIAL” in Lincoln Center, New York City – a piece originally commissioned by the American Choral Director’s Association.
Conductor Rene Clausen, celebrating his 34th and final year at Concordia, has programmed a varied set including a section titled, ‘The Journey Home,’ which includes works by Abbie Betinis, Jake Runestad, Stephen Paulus, Daniel Forrest, and René Clausen. Other composers include Felix Mendelssohn, Alexandre Gretchaninoff, Alfred Schnittke, Moses Hogan, J.S. Bach, and F. Melius Christiansen. The final set includes a number of hymns, folk songs and spirituals.
Touring nationally and internationally since 1920, the 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 are available online at ConcordiaTickets.com, by calling (800) 838-3006 or at the door.