Singing in the rain

September 25, 2010

This week New York Polyphony gave its first performance in the great north: Minnesota!  For me, it was my first time to the state.  We performed at St. Olaf College, and, no, for all our friends, Rose Nylund was nowhere to be found.  St. Olaf College is actually in Northfield, south of the Twin Cities.  The real town of St. Olaf is northwest of the Twin Cities on the way to Fargo with a population of 332.  And then there’s the St. Olaf of Golden Girls fiction, nowhere to be found in reality.

Beside our concert, the most eventful thing that took place in Northfield during our 36 hour stay was a massive rain storm that resulted in regional floods.  Our concert in Boe Chapel, the home venue of the renowned St. Olaf choir, had to be relocated due to flooding in the basement that eliminated the building’s electricity.  Our new location was the Urness Recital Hall, a beautiful space that, while lacking in the massive acoustic reverb of the Chapel, was well suited to our ensemble.  Click HERE to watch the webcast of the concert.

On a brief personal note, and as the new guy in the group, I’m really excited to be a part of New York Polyphony.  It’s been a great several weeks with concerts in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota.  I’m looking forward to the rest of the season and all our great concerts with anticipation!

Before signing off, we’d like to thank our hosts at St. Olaf, including Cathy Rodland, her husband Brian Carson, our super-fans Katie and Maggie Burk, and the entire organ department for showing us a great time in Minnesota!!