St. Olaf Church begins celebrating 150 years anniversary

Published 10:23 am Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Augsburg Centennial Singers will appear in concert at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, 306 Second St. NW, on Friday.

The concert, which features familiar hymns, barbershop and sacred music selections, begins at 7 p.m. The concert is sponsored by St. Olaf Lutheran Church. A free-will offering will be received.

Under the direction of Paul Christensen, the 50-member Centennial Singers take their name in remembrance of the 1 ooth anniversary of the first Augsburg College Gospel Quartet to visit to Norway in the 1890s. The Augsburg Centennial Singers have been a part of the Minneapolis/St. Paul music scene for over 20 years. The Singers were formed to commemorate the Augsburg College Gospel Quartet tradition at the Minneapolis college. From the late 1800s until the 1960s, gospel quartets traveled each summer appearing most often in churches affiliated with the Lutheran Free Church that supported the college.

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The Singers have made two trips to Norway, a concert tour in Florida and several visits to the Southwestern United States. Selections by gospel quartets are a part of each concert. The concert in Austin is part of the 2016-17 schedule that will include appearances in Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan, Minnesota and, in February, an eleven day tour in Arizona.