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Composer, conductor and teacher, Alice Parker, at Augsburg during the month of April

Mar. 25, 2004

The music of Alice Parker, noted conductor, composer and teacher, will be featured during a residency in April. An entire weekend of events surrounding this treasured American musician will begin on Friday afternoon, April 2, with a conducting symposium at the University of Minnesota. Friday evening at 7:30, a workshop with Ms. Parker will be held at the Augsburg College Choir Room (Music Building; M-3) where she will speak and lead singing, giving inspiration to all musicians as they seek to relate to community. This will be a wonderful opportunity to work up close and personal with Alice!

The WomanVoice concert on Saturday, April 3, at 7:30 will feature the women's choirs of Augsburg College, University of Minnesota, College of St. Catherine, University of St. Thomas and Northwestern College. Ms. Parker will conduct several of her own pieces, giving everyone the opportunity to experience her musical wisdom and passion for singing. The closing piece on the program will be the premiere of a new work by Ms. Parker: "Sing and Make Melody to God" with a text from Ephesians and Isaiah and filled with Alice's signature infectious rhythms and memorable melodies. The work was commissioned by WomanVoice 2004 and by several members of the local music community.
On Sunday morning, April 4, Ms. Parker will participate in a service of hymns and readings for Palm Sunday at Mayflower U.C.C. in south Minneapolis, where she will deliver the "sermon" by leading and inspiring congregational singing.

"A Sermon from the Mountain: Dr. Martin Luther King" by Alice Parker will be performed on Sunday evening at 7:00, by the Masterworks Chorale of Augsburg College, conducted by Peter Hendrickson, at Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Included on this "Women Composers" concert will be a new piece by Minnesota composer, Denice Rippentrop entitled "Is Not This Salvation Too Great To Ignore?" and an opening anthem by Renae Williams, Augsburg alumna.

Ms. Parker travels the United States and abroad, conducting workshops, concerts and her unique SINGS, in which all participants, children or adults, professional or amateur, learn to make songs come to life with remarkable joy and musicality.

All are welcome and invited to participate in this wonderful weekend. Call the Augsburg College Music Department for further information at (612) 330-1265.

Event Schedule:

    "An Evening with Alice Parker" - for Conductors, Teachers and Singers - Friday, April 2, 7:30 at Augsburg College Choir Room - $10 admission at the door - parking free in all faculty/staff parking lots.

    WomanVoice 2004, "Sing and Make Melody", 7:30, Saturday, April 3, at Westwood Lutheran Church, 9001 S Cedar Lake Road in St. Louis Park MN 55426-2398 - $5 single/$15 family donation suggested. Alice will be conducting her own pieces for massed treble choirs. Phone: (952) 545-5623

  3. HYMN SING "Hymns for Palm Sunday with Alice Parker", Sunday, April 4, 11:00 worship service at Mayflower Church, 106 E. Diamond Lake Road in Minneapolis.

    Masterworks Chorale of Augsburg College, "Women Composers", featuring the work of Alice Parker and Denice Rippentrop, Sunday, April 4, 7:00, Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church, 5011 Nokomis Ave. South in Minneapolis, $15 Admission, ($10 students and seniors)