MPR features Aspaas's newest composition
January 3, 2013
St. Olaf College Associate Professor of Music Christopher Aspaas's newest composition, Tomorrow, I Will Come, was featured on Minnesota Public Radio's Friday Favorites program.
The composition is a setting of the "O Antiphons," a series of antiphons sung each of the seven days leading up to Christmas. Martha Kunau '90 and Sara Kunau '92 commissioned the piece in honor of the 50th wedding anniversary of their parents, Dan '60 and Jan McKeeby Kunau '62.
The Twin Cities chamber choir Magnum Chorum premiered the piece December 15. (Listen to the ensemble perform the piece December 16 at the University of St. Thomas.) Aspaas, a 1995 graduate of St. Olaf, is the music director and conductor of Magnum Chorum.
At St. Olaf, Aspaas conducts the Viking Chorus, a 90-voice ensemble of first-year student men, and also leads the St. Olaf Chapel Choir, a 100-voice ensemble specializing in the performance of oratorio and larger multi-movement works.
Since his sabbatical last spring, Aspaas has premiered 10 new works with the St. Olaf Chapel Choir, the Viking Chorus, Magnum Chorum, the Women's Choir of First Lutheran Church of Sioux Falls, the Lutheran Summer Music Concert Choir, and the Minnesota Men's All-State Chorus.