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OIGC and SKRUK: "Roots from the West"

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir joins Norwegian Choir SKRUK for a four-concert West Coast tour:

“Roots from the West"

The unexpected partnership between Bay Area’s own Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, and SKRUK, hailing from Norway, came to life in 2015 at the Molde International Jazz Festival.

SKRUK, founded in 1973, consists of 50 singers from all parts of Norway. Its members meet four to five times a year and boast a varied repertoire, influenced by Norwegian folk music, spirituals, world music, and jazz. The choir has released more than 20 records and has performed on several continents.

This synergistic collaboration, under the name "Røtter" (meaning: "Roots"), is based around the fact that despite cultural differences in upbringing, culture, and behavior between the American and Norwegian west-coasts, we have common spiritual roots.

As the collaboration culminates in a week-long tour, audiences can expect to experience OIGC’s exquisite harmonies and stirring gospel repertoire alongside SKRUK’s groundbreaking and award-winning Scandinavian choral music.

The concerts will alternate between the choirs singing individually and together. The last is set to be a truly exciting unison. As SKRUK’s founding director of over 40 years, Per Oddvar Hildre (known as Prots) says, the collaboration is "a new musical latte". Whatever your taste, this "latte" is something that all audiences can enjoy.


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Saturday - June 30 - 7pm
Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Drive
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Sunday - July 1 - 4pm
Allen Temple Baptist Church
8501 International Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94621

Monday - July 2 - 7pm
Arts Under the Spire
First Presbyterian Church
2619 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

Tuesday - July 3 - 6pm and 8pm
Napa Methodist Church
625 Randolph Street
Napa, CA 94559


OIGC Brings Down the House in Switzerland, Denmark, and Norway


OIGC Brings Down the House in Switzerland, Denmark, and Norway

When I was brought on as the Production Manager for the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir in September of 2013, the groundwork for the European tour had recently begun.  Almost 2 years later, after many hours of logistics, planning, and manifestation, I am pleased to say that the tour was a smashing success!

The members of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir described the opportunity to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival as a “bucket-list experience” and a “dream come true” and after hearing their voices lifted by the spirit at the Park Stage and at St. John’s Church, I’d say they can check that dream off their list.