The Orphei Drängar of Sweden have five concerts planned, including singing at the choir leader congress of American Choral Directors Association March 8-11. Cecilia Rydinger Alin has conducted the chorus since 2008, but Robert Sund, who used to be artistic director will return to conduct a diverse program for the U.S. tour in March. The program will also feature noted Swedish mezzo-soprano Katija Dragojevics.
The concerts will include music from the classical and romantic male choir repertoire as well as contemporary music by composers such as Bob Chilcot and several Swedish composers such as Jan Sandström and Ingvar Lidholm.

Concert schedule
Sunday, March 5 - 4:00 p.m. at Mission Dolores Basilica. The Basilica is at 3321 16th St., San Francisco, CA 94114. More info (415) 621-8203


Monday, March 6 - 7:30 p.m. at Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church. The church is at 1801 Lacassie Ave., Walnut Creek, CA 94596. More info (925) 935-1574

Wednesday, March 8 - 9:00 p.m. at Central Lutheran Church, 333 S. 12th St., Minneapolis, MN 55404. More info (612) 870-4416

Thursday, March 9 - 9:00 p.m. at Central Lutheran Church, 333 S. 12th St., Minneapolis, MN 55404. More info (612) 870-4416

Friday, March 10 - 7:30 p.m. at Benson Great Hall at Bethel University, St Paul, 3900 Bethel Dr, Arden Hills, MN 55112. More info (651) 638-6333

The men's choir Orphei Drängar ("Orphei farmhands") was established in restaurateur Österberg’s banquet hall on Old Forum Square in Uppsala, Sweden. It was October 1853 and the city was isolated because of the risk of cholera, and little entertainment was available. First tenor Jonas Widén gathered three singers, conductor Oscar Arpi, leader of the Allmänna Sången (then) male choir, a pianist, and, to be on the safe side, a spectator. One of the pieces they sang was Carl Michael Bellman’s piece Fredman’s Epistle No. 14, “Hör, I Orphei Drängar,” which soon became the society’s call to attention.
Renowned Swedish choir leader Eric Ericson was its conductor from 1951 until 1991. Robert Sund, who leads the choir on the present tour was its conductor between 1985 and 2008 when Cecilia Rydinger Alin took over the baton. Their tours of Sweden are complemented by concert tours all over the world. The veterans of the choir visited the most recent Lindsborg Hyllningsfest in Lindsborg, KS in 2015.
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