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Barbara Laskin
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Macalester Choirs Fall Choral Celebration ~
Saturday, November 22

Eugene RogersSt. Paul, Minn. – Nov. 19, 2008 -The Macalester Concert Choir, the Singing Scotsmen and the Hildegard Singers will sing in their first performance under the direction of Dr. Eugene Rogers, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008, in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn.

The Macalester Concert Choir will perform a program of British choral greats such as:  Britten's “Choral Dances from Gloriana,” Handel's “Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened,” Walton's “Jubilate Deo,” motets by Tallis and Byrd, and a newly commissioned piece by Macalester composer and conductor Cary John Franklin. 

The Singing Scotsmen and the Hildegard Singers will perform works by Conte, Britten, Bach and a vocal jazz arrangement by Mitos Andaya. Guest harpist Nikki Lemire and tenor soloist, Mark Mowry will be featured in the Choral Dances.
 
As a conductor and teacher, Rogers’ performances frequently include a wide variety of musical styles and genres.  Some of his past appointments include the Boys Choir of Harlem, the University of Michigan, Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, Ill., and Anima Young Singers of Greater Chicago (formerly the Glen Ellyn Children’s Choir).
 
Rogers has appeared as guest conductor, adjudicator and lecturer in over ten states as well as Singapore, Portugal and Italy. In December 2008, he will be one of two featured conductors and lecturers for Singapore’s Ministry Branch of Education Inaugural World Youth Choir Festival for Secondary and Junior College students, teachers and directors.

Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a
full-time enrollment of 1,884 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism and civic engagement.