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Local students tour with Concordia Choir; to perform in Detroit Lakes on Feb. 16

Senior Justine Haukebo, a psychology major, and Ashley Morben, a music education major, are touring with The Concordia Choir, conducted by René Clausen.

Haukebo is the daughter of John and Carol Haukebo, Detroit Lakes, and Morben is the daughter of Julie and Steven Morben, Detroit Lakes.

The Concordia Choir from Moorhead will perform in Detroit Lakes as part of the choir’s 15-day, 2014 national tour of the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, Minnesota and North Dakota.

The concert, sponsored by Holy Rosary Catholic Church and Friends, is at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 1043 Lake Avenue. Tickets are available online at, by calling (800) 838-3006 or at the door.

Clausen is a world-renowned conductor and composer. A CD of his compositions won two Grammy awards last year. He conducts the 79-voice a cappella choir and is also the artistic director of the Emmy winning Concordia Christmas Concerts seen by audiences of 18,000 each year and televised nationally through PBS (Public Broadcasting Service).

Clausen has written more than 100 commissioned compositions for ensembles across the world including the St. Olaf Choir and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. A February 2010 performance and recording session with the Grammy Award-winning King’s Singers and multiple performances on Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion” radio show highlight the choir’s world-class quality.

The concert program includes the regional premiere of the new Hans Zimmer choral composition “Aurora.” Zimmer wrote this choral piece as his artistic response to the movie theater shootings in Aurora, Colo.

Touring nationally and internationally since 1918, the choir has performed in nearly every major hall in the United States and continues to affirm its reputation as one of the nation’s finest a cappella choirs. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Paul J. Christiansen, son of F. Melius Christiansen and conductor of The Concordia Choir for 49 years.

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