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Recent premieres of new music by composer Christopher Aspaas!
On Sunday, October 6th at the annual Family Weekend Concert 3:30pm in Skoglund Center on the campus of St. Olaf College, the Manitou Singers, under the direction of Sigrid Johnson, premiered Spirit of Life for women's choir and piano. The text, a prayer by J. Raymond Cope, speaks to the power within each of us: "...in each of us, the welling ache of life; the being and the becoming; the promise and the hunger..." View the live performance here. Jump to minute 47:15 to hear the premiere!
Later that evening, the second premiere was performed by the St. Olaf Chapel Choir. The Chapel Choir shared a new setting of Will L. Thompson's beloved hymn, Softly and Tenderly, for choir, a cappella and soloists. This arrangement takes the opening and closing verses of the hymn, juxtaposing the calling, "Come home," with the "wonderful love that is promised, promised for you and for me." View the live performance here. Jump to minute 50:30 to hear the premiere!
Head over to our Works pages to view complete persual scores of both pieces.