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Tonic Sol-fa to perform with Morris Area's choir student

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MORRIS - Tonic Sol-fa, a vocal quartet that has performed in the community on several occasions, will return for a performance Monday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Morris Area Concert Hall.

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Tonic Sol-fa will be working with students in grade 7-12 at Morris Area during the school day and will perform with John Kleinwolterink's choir students that evening in the concert hall.

Last year, the Minnesota State Arts Board awarded an Arts Learning Grant to bring the group to several communities including Morris. These grants were made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund approved by Minnesota voters in November of 2008.

Tonic Sol-fa got its start in the mid 1990s and includes baritone, Mark McGowan, lead vocalist, Shaun Johnson, tenor, Greg Bannwarth, and bass, Jared Dove.

The group performs approximately 150 concerts each year across 48 states to a combined audience of over 250,000.

Tonic Sol-fa has released eight CDs, sold over 2 million albums, and have toured nationally and internationally for more than a dozen years.

Tonic Sol-fa won its first Emmy in the musical composition/arrangement category for a song performed in a Toys for Tots PSA and also won two Independent Grammys for Best Original Holiday Song and Best Pop Song out of 650,000 entries worldwide.

Tonic Sol-fa was inducted into the Midwest Music Hall of Fame in 1997.

Their website states; "Tonic Sol-fa has had the good fortune to perform together for many years and it has been quite an education for us in many respects; from improving on-stage performance and off-stage preparation involving vocal technique, arranging, effective rehearsal, etc., to the crucial business details of promotion, publicity and networking.

"We look forward to sharing our knowledge and experience with these students and equally, learning about the music that they are enthusiastic about and the career opportunities that they aspire to realize."

Tickets are available from choir students or at the school in advance for $5. Tickets will also be sold at the door for $6.

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