Anton Armstrong is celebrating his 25th anniversary as conductor of the St. Olaf Choir this year.
Born in New York to first-generation Caribbean immigrants, Armstrong wound up at a Minnesota school with Norwegian roots, where he became one of the country's leading choral conductors.
MPR News' Tom Weber talked with Armstrong in the MPR studios and members of the St. Olaf choir performed a few pieces.
Pieces heard on air:
1) Antiphon (Spiritual Songs)--Kenneth Jennings
2) The Lord is the Everlasting God (Mvmt. 2)--Kenneth Jennings
3) Lullaby (Three Nocturnes)--Daniel Elder
4) O Whistle and I'll Come To Ye (Three Scottish Folk Songs)--arr. Mack Wilberg