By Sonia Gray and George Cady / Special to the Triplicate

Nordic Voices, a six-voice a cappella group making waves not only in Norway but in places as far afield as South Africa, Taiwan, Bolivia and the U.S., will be performing a live concert on Sunday.

The group will perform their special program “Nordic Voices — An evening of Commissions” in this fourth concert of the season presented by Brookings-Harbor Friends of Music.

Formed in 1996, Nordic Voices consists of sopranos Tone Elisabeth Braaten and Ingrid Hanken, mezzo soprano Ebba Rydh, tenor Per Kristian Amundrød, baritone Frank Havrøy and bass Rolf Magne Asser. All are graduates of the Norwegian Academy of Music and the Norwegian Academy of Opera.

In addition to their singing backgrounds, they have a broad range of experience from choral conducting to teacher training and composition.

Nordic Voices concerts are an unusual blend of sophisticated music-making and stylish performance, often with more than a dash of humor. They explore new vocal techniques and new ways of using the classical trained voice. This means they can produce a wide range of techniques, from classical sounds to Mongolian overtone singing.

Thanks to the group’s ability to engage and fascinate, it is increasingly in demand on the international scene. In addition to regular concerts in Oslo and around Norway, recent concert tours have included visits to South America, Spain, and Germany, and regular tours of the U.S. In addition to the enthusiastic reception they have received in previous Brookings concerts, an appearance at Carnegie Hall elicited this review: “Two qualities which make the Nordic Voices a unique ensemble are their skill with extended vocal techniques and their beautiful ensemble sound.”

Another reviewer said, “When you’ve been to thousands of concerts and you can experience something you cannot compare with anything you’ve experienced before, it is alone good enough reason to raise a glass.”

The program to be performed in Brookings features music specifically written for Nordic Voices over the years. The pieces are all by Norwegian composers and demonstrate a wide range of music. In addition to the commissioned pieces are two Norwegian lullabies arranged by one of the singers, Frank Havrøy.

Concert ticket and
location information

The concert is at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 102 Park Ave., Brookings, at 3 p.m. Adult tickets are $20. Season tickets are also available. Students under 18 are admitted free and are encouraged to attend.

Tickets may be purchased at the door, or at Wright’s Custom Framing and Art Supplies. For further information call 541-412-2957 or visit www.brookingsharborfriendsofmusic.org.

Concert schedule change

The Minetti Quartet concert, originally scheduled for March 18 has been changed to Feb. 25. The time and location remain the same.

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