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The Singers, composer Lauridsen join forces for choral concerts

Morten Lauridsen, who celebrates his 67th birthday this month, may be America’s most-performed choral composer, with almost a million copies of scores sold and some 100 CDs to his credit. He received the National Medal of Arts from President George Bush in 2007 and his résumé includes some 300 commissions.

Now he’s coming to the Twin Cities for a series of concerts and workshops sponsored by The Singers.

Tickets remain for two concerts, though a festival with a number of local high-school choirs that takes place on Friday is sold out.

A concert Thursday at the Basilica of St. Mary will feature one of Lauridsen’s most popular works, Lux Aeterna, which requires a large chorus and orchestra. The Singers will be joined by the Basilica’s Cathedral Choir for the performance.

On Saturday, Lauridsen will perform on the piano during a concert of songs and secular works by The Singers. That concert is at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in St. Paul.

For tickets to either or both of these events, go here.

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