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November 24, 2008

Tonic Sol-fa to present new holiday concert

Leader-Telegram (WI):

Tonic Sol-fa concerts have become a Christmas tradition, but the Minnesota a cappella group promises some surprises this season. "We're coming back this year with a brand new show," tenor Greg Bannwarth said during a group telephone interview. "We've got all kinds of great songs."

Tonic Sol-fa - which also includes lead vocalist Shaun Johnson, a tenor; baritone Mark McGowan and bass Jared Dove - will sing Saturday at The State Theatre. The group will perform the following night in the Rice Lake High School auditorium.

Along with new songs, Tonic Sol-fa has a new set, inspired by a female pop band featured on British TV. "We have a pretty fantastic set that we're going to be bringing in," Bannwarth said. "Believe it or not we were watching the BBC. There was some girl group from Europe that was performing with this cool set behind them."

Tonic Sol-fa started in 1995 at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn. Since then, the group has released six albums, selling more than 1 million copies. The singers have appeared on national TV, in magazines and on the radio. This year the group was nominated for two Emmy Awards for a Toys for Tots commercial.

"It was kind of out of the blue for us," Johnson said. "As a singing group, you think maybe someday you'll be nominated for a Grammy or something, but it's really cool to have this opportunity to be nominated for two Emmys."

Traveling internationally, Tonic Sol-fa averages more than 150 show per year. The quartet also embarks on an annual Midwestern holiday tour. Read more

Posted by acapnews at November 24, 2008 9:22 PM


Listening to you on Green Bay Public TV.
Have just finished being the organist for 4 Christmas sevices at St. Anne's Episcopal in De Pere. Thought I would just vege in front of the TV, but no! you were on!

You are just what I needed today. It is my misfortune to meet you for the first time today.

Went to St. Olaf, so I know where St. Cloud is, and St. John's. Shed that Ole tradition as soon as I could despite all its assets.

anyway, thank you for your wonderful songs, great presentation, impishness, and general joie de vivre. I'm hearing Jared singing Stille Nacht with his low D. Better get back to it!

Lynn Griebling
Music for Life
Lessons, Concerts, Workshops, Stress Management

Posted by: Lynn griebling at December 25, 2008 9:50 AM

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