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Beautiful Women, Beautiful Song

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By Lew Linde

Melius Christiansen, founder and director of the world famous St. Olaf College Choir, once described the Tangen sisters as beautiful young women who "sing with pure intonation and with musical understanding."


This story will trace their remarkable humble beginnings from the wind-swept prairies of West Central Minnesota to triumphal concert tours across the U.S. and Canada during the American depression years from 1934 to 1936.

The Sisters

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