LOL Choirboys to team with noted California group for gala concert here

All-American Boys Chorus members enjoyed a warm breeze on a boat ride. The California group will sing at Church of St. Andrew next Friday.


by Bruce Strand, Arts editor

All-American Boys Chorus, a Callfornia-based group that’s toured the world, will team with Elk River-based Land of Lakes Choir Boys for a concert called “What A Wonderful World,” on Friday, April 26, at Church of St. Andrew.

No admission will be charged. Free will offering will be taken. The concert starts 7:30 p.m.

The 28-voice AABC directed by Wesley Martin will perform sacred works, patriotic medleys, and Broadway tunes.

The Land of Lakes Choirboys, based in Elk River, have teamed with two notable touring choirs this year.

“The Chorus has been described as outstanding, pure energy, and simply wonderful,” said Tony Manrique, AACB executive director. “We’ve also developed a strong reputation for ‘theatricality,’ for doing more than just standing there and singing.”

The AABC, based in Costa Mesa, CA, has made 52 concert tours in North America, Europe, Australia Japan and other Asian venues, in its 42-year history. In 2010 they performed in Malaysia, Singapore, and Australia, and in 2011 western Canada.

They have appeared on Disney Channel, the Rose Bowl parade, and  ABC television, have done  commercials for Toshiba, Cartoon Network, and Mazda, sung with Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and recorded five albums.

“This will be our first-ever visit to Minnesota,” said Manrique. ”It’s always such a fun and energizing experience when our choristers meet other young men doing the same kind of wonderful work in their own communities. It’s also nice for our boys to get a ‘taste of home’ while we’re on the road.”

The 34-voice LOLCB will perform five songs “from around the world,” reflecting cultures of other countries, said D.J. Fandberg, executive director of the group.

In its 36th year of operation, the LOLCB also hosted Tucson Boys for a joint concert in March in Maple Grove.

“Two of the top ten choirs in the country and we’ve worked with both of them within three months,” said Fandberg. “It’s a pretty big deal. The All-American Chorus is a really first-class organization. Of course, we feel we are, too.”

The LOLCB’s annual summer tour will take them to Kansas City, New York, Lousville,