by Bruce Strand, Arts editor
Land of Lakes Choirboys has embarked on a rich month of performances, starting and ending with Elk River concerts, sandwiched around a 17-day tour through 11 states.
The 34-voice group, age 9–14, from Elk River and a 35-mile radius, had a release party for its latest CD on Thursday evening at Elk River Arts Alliance Gallery.
On Saturday, the LOLCB, under new artistic director Aaron J. Carpenter, performed at ArtSoup for the first time, as part of an all-day lineup of music.
“It will be a great honor to participate in what has become a wonderful event,” said P.J. Fanberg, the group’s leader. “We hope we get a lot of people to hear the boys.”
The performance included several selections from their new CD, called “Freedom,” along with old favorites.
“This is our first CD with our new artistic director,” said Fanberg. “Aaron has certainly put his stamp on the group. We are less European now, with more patriotism, songs about freedom and rejoicing.”
The group will leave June 20 on the tour to Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota. The schedule includes 10 concerts, two church services, and a workshop in Ohio to help start a new boys choir.
The boys will also visit Overland Park Arboretum, Mammoth Cave National Park, “Spider-man” (on Broadway), Ellis Island, Liberty Island, 9/11 Memorial, NBC Studio Tour, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Empire State Building, Niagara Falls (Maid in the Mist, Observation Deck, Cave of the Winds), Cedar Point Amusement Park, Fireworks at Navy Pier, and The Highground Veterans Memorial Park.
The tour will be capped by a Homecoming Concert July 6 at Central Lutheran Church (by Lions Park), beginning 6 p.m.