Inside Out: Singing the Seasons of Life


Sat. May 5, 2018, 7:30 p.m. at St. Olaf Catholic Church, Minneapolis, MN  [map]

Sun. May 6, 2018, 4:00 p.m. at Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, Edina, MN  [map]

“Turn inside out to take it in....”



Enjoy a moving performance by Singers in Accord of music from Minnesota composers Grundahl, Hagen, Jennings, Kallman, Runestad, Schut, Takach, and Wehrspann — weaving together song, poetry, and sculpture to explore our shared human experience.

Led by guest conductor Sigrid Johnson, featuring narration by poet David Bengtson and images of sculptures by Paul Granlund.


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SIGRID JOHNSON received a BM in vocal performance from St. Cloud State University and an MM in voice performance from the University of Michigan. After 30 years on faculty with the prestigious St. Olaf College music department, she retired as the conductor of the St. Olaf Manitou Singers in 2015.  Before her appointment at St. Olaf, she was on the music faculties of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter and at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Sigrid also served as the Associate Conductor of the Ensemble Singers and Chorus for VocalEssence from 1991- 2015. Ms. Johnson has conducted the National Lutheran Choir and served as Conductor of the Dale Warland Symphonic Chorus and the Associate Conductor of the Dale Warland Singers. She is a member of the American Choral Director's Association (ACDA), Music Educators National Conference (MENC), the International Federation for Choral Music, and Chorus America. In 2007, Sigrid was the recipient of the F. Melius Christiansen Award, the ACDA of Minnesotas highest lifetime achievement honor, given to a Minnesota conductor whose career has provided outstanding contributions and distinguished service to choral music in Minnesota.

DAVID BENGTSON grew up in Cranston, Rhode Island, and moved to Minnesota to attend Concordia College in Moorhead. From 1968 to 2002, he taught English at the high school in Long Prairie, Minnesota, where he lives with his wife, Marilyn. He has received a SASE/Jerome Fellowship, a Prize for Poetry from the Academy of American Poets, and a Loft-McKnight Award for Creative Prose, and was a Pushcart Prize nominee. Three chapbooks of his writing have been published, as well as a collection of 71 prose poems titled Broken Lines. Eleven of his poems have been set to music. He has collaborated with composers Matthew Culloton, Michael Halstenson, David Schut, Ralph W. Johnson, David N. Childs, and Greg Nelson.

PAUL GRANLUND (1952-2003) was born in Minnesota and his artistic career spanned more than fifty years and 650 pieces. Granlund graduated from Gustavus in 1952, and won a George C. Booth Scholarship to attend the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. There, that he received an M.F.A. in 1954. Also a teacher, Granlund taught at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and was a visiting artist at University of California-Berkeley, Washington University- St. Louis and Cranbrook, his alma mater. An accomplished artist, he won both Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships to study sculpture in Italy. Granlund primarily worked in cast bronze, and more than 30 of his bronze sculptures dot the Gustavus campus. He also has pieces in Peace Park, Nagasaki, Japan, and the State Capital in Saint Paul, Minn.