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Minnesota youth choir making Columbus stop

June 9, 2014

Columbus Telegram, Neb.

June 09--COLUMBUS -- A Twin Cities-based youth choir will perform in Columbus this month as part of the group's summer tour.

The Minnesota Boychoir will hold a concert 7 p.m.June 21 at Federated Church, 2704 15th St., before performing June 22 during the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. worship services at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2200 25th St.

The hourlong concert at Federated Church is open to the public with freewill donations accepted.

Founded in 1962, the Minnesota Boychoir is the oldest boy choir in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota, metropolitan area.

The Boychoir's reputation for excellence has brought invitations from local and national music conventions, as well as sporting events and touring Broadway companies. The group has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony and Prague Philharmonic and on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" on National Public Radio.

Comprised of boys and young men between the ages of 7 and 18, the Minnesota Boychoir has a total of 170 participants in four choirs. The tour choir includes approximately 65 members ages 10 to 18 from the two most select ensembles and their repertoire consists of the best selections from the most recent concert season.

"It's a pretty varied repertoire that we bring on the road," said Todd Price, the choir's accompanist for the past 16 years.

Todd Price, a graduate of Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, spent about a year and a-half in Columbus after college before moving to Minneapolis.

His sister Jamey Price, who resides in Columbus, played a key role in getting the Boychoir to perform here later this month. She helps promote the group and they decided to repay her by arranging for the Columbus stop along the route from Minneapolis to Denver.

"My sister is such a huge fan of the choir and she's really good about coming up and seeing the shows," said Todd Price.

The choir's schedule includes national and international tours covering more than a dozen states and five continents.

In 2007, to celebrate the Boychoir's 45th Anniversary, the group headlined the World Voices Australia International Choral Festival at Sydney's famed Opera House. Their 50th anniversary season included a summer tour in Italy in June 2011, featuring a performance for Mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

Todd Price said the Columbus performances will feature a variety of pieces, from classical to gospel and folk music, as well as selections from other countries.

"Audiences seem to really enjoy the programming," he said.


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