I realized that there is a quiet confidence in the Norwegian culture, no need to make sure the world knows how amazing their country is, or the amazing quality of the people. This was a shock to my system coming from Southern California! Since that day, Norway has held a very special place in my heart.
So, you could imagine the joy I felt in being able to introduce Artistic Director Terrance Kelly to Norway and the wonderful choir SKRUK. In September, Terrance and I spent a week in Norway meeting with Prots to discuss our choirs coming together for our July tour. We also had a very promising meeting with Hans, the Executive Director of Molde Jazz Festival. Hans was particularly moved by OIGC's recording of "Lawd How Come Me Heah?" But the real kicker was after the meeting when we visited one of the top jazz pubs in Oslo. A New Orleans Jazz group (friends of Prots) were performing. They got Terrance on the stage, and he performed an impromptu version of "Oh When the Saints" and had everyone in the pub on their feet! Hans leaned over to me and said "we must have OIGC at Molde!"
Details are still being finalized, but I can say with certainty that I am more than excited to bring SKRUK and OIGC together this coming summer! Both amazing choirs, both talented Artistic Directors! We have included pictures (most taken by Terrance) just to get a glimpse of the beauty to come when OIGC walks the hard wood panels of Oslo International Airport in July.
Tusen Takk! (Many Thanks!)