Wednesday, Mar. 10, 2010 12:30 pm


GRINNELL, IA.—The Grinnell Singers, a 50-voice choral ensemble from Grinnell College, will present concerts, March 22-26, in churches and high schools in Portland, Ore., Seattle, Kenmore, Richland, and Olympia, Wash., as part of a spring break tour.

The Grinnell Singers’ concert repertoire will span four centuries, with selections from Rachmaninov, a Sephardic folksong, settings of poetry from Langston Hughes and medieval Spain, and an arrangement of Stephen Foster’s “Hard Times” and the “National Weather Forecast.” Directed by Professor of Music John Rommereim, the Singers’ tour schedule will include:

Mar. 22: Richland, Wash., Shalom United Church of Christ, 7:30 p.m.

Mar. 23: Portland, Ore., Moreland Presbyterian Church, 8 p.m.

Mar. 24: Seattle, Wash., University Unitarian Church, 7:30 p.m.

Mar. 25: Kenmore, Wash., Bastyr University, 7:30 p.m.

Mar. 26: Olympia, Wash., The United Churches of Olympia, 7 p.m.

The Grinnell Singers, known for their innovative and adventurous choral programming, have premiered more than 20 choral works in the past five years, under Rommereim’s direction. Rommereim’s scholarly work is centered in the areas of Russian choral music and early music performance, and he has established a reputation as a composer of choral/orchestral works. He is the recipient of commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Choral Directors Association, and the Iowa Arts Council.

Grinnell College is a nationally recognized, private, four year, liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa. Founded in 1846, Grinnell enrolls 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries in more than 26 major fields, interdisciplinary concentrations, and pre-professional programs.