By Elias Gross


The Lexington Chamber Chorale welcomes back Swedish percussionist Anders Åstrand on Saturday, February 27, 7:30pm, at Second Presbyterian Church for Music in the Land of the Midnight Sun - a concert featuring Scandinavian choral works and improvisatory music performed in seamless collaboration between percussion soloist and choir. It is the third concert in its four concert 25th Anniversary Season series.
“One of the most exciting concerts of our past 25 seasons was the 2010 Music in the Land of the Midnight Sun event. It was musically satisfying and it continued to have audience raves for a long, long time,” said Gary L. Anderson, Lexington Chamber Chorale founding director and conductor. The 2010 program, called "mesmerizing" by Rich Copley, inspired Anderson to invite Åstrand back to the Bluegrass for a reprise program of Scandinavian choral works and improvisatory music. The program features composers Bo Hansson, Lars Jansson, and more, in a concert of non-stop sound threaded together with Åstrand improvising on mallet instruments to move the Chorale in and out of each selection. “The concert will take us on a musical journey, a journey with many and diverse selections and with no pauses for applause or intermission,” stated Anderson. “It will be continuous music, creating an atmosphere rarely experienced in daily, busy, time-driven and fragmented lives.”
The 25th Anniversary Season concludes with Transcending Time on April 23, 7:30pm, at Second Presbyterian Church. This final program of the season is presented in two parts beginning with a repertoire retrospective of the Chorale’s first 25 years and ending with cutting-edge choral music. New repertoire, featuring a world premiere written for the Chorale, explores new ideas of choral improvisation and innovative uses of the voice, celebrating the accomplishments of the Chorale over its 25 year history.
Single tickets to Music in the Land of the Midnight Sun and Transcending Time are $10 for students, $15 for individuals in groups of 6 or more, and $20 for adults & seniors at Subscription tickets are also available ranging from $65 to $230 by visiting

About Lexington Chamber Chorale
The Lexington Chamber Chorale brings a rich and unique choral repertoire to Central Kentucky audiences. Since its humble beginning as the Sine Nomine Singers, the Chorale has enjoyed celebrating the art of choral singing through performing interesting and challenging pieces of music. Chamber Chorale concerts also enrich our cultural community through creative collaborations with guest artists and musicians. The passion for singing and the continued pursuit of musical excellence inspire the singers to present quality programs that touch both mind and spirit. Click here for a photo of the Chorale.
About Gary L. Anderson, Conductor
Dr. Gary L. Anderson is the Lexington Chamber Chorale’s founding conductor and musical director. He is also Professor Emeritus of Music at Transylvania University where he was honored as a Bingham Fellow for Excellence in Teaching. He is an active church choir director, guest conductor and clinician. He has conducted his collegiate choirs throughout Europe during six international tours.  He is currently Director of Music at Second Presbyterian Church in Lexington. Dr. Anderson is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, for which he was President of the Kentucky Chapter for two terms. During his tenure as president he received the Robert Barr Award for excellence in the choral art and support for the profession. He is also past president of the Kentucky Association of College Music Departments and holds memberships in the International Federation for Choral Music, Music Educators National Conference and the Presbyterian Association of Musicians. He has served on the boards of LexArts and the Youth Music Society of Central Kentucky. Click here for a photo of Gary L. Anderson.