St. Olaf Concert Is a Rare Event

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The St. Olaf Choir and the St. Andrew's Lighthouse seem to be a perfect match.

The choir plays music with a message of hope, said conductor Anton Armstrong. St. Andrew's Lighthouse will offer hope to those it serves.

The choir's performance at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 3 will benefit the Lighthouse, which will provide low-cost, temporary housing for patients and their families who have traveled to Duval County for advanced medical care.

The Lighthouse will receive 40 percent of the net proceeds from the sale of group and single tickets, said St. Andrew's board President Ed Asher. The facility will receive $25 from the sale of each $50 patron ticket. So far, nearly all of the 200 patron tickets and about 500 group tickets have been sold, he said.

The choir, which tours each winter, learned about St. Andrew's Lighthouse through its Lutheran contacts, choir manager Bob Johnson said in a telephone interview last week. The choir is composed of 75 undergraduate students from the college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The college is located in Northfield, Minn.

The choir tours for several weeks each year, Johnson said. It was last in Florida five years ago and in Jacksonville about 10 years ago.

The concert is an excellent opportunity for music lovers to see a world-renowned choir, Asher said. Asher, whose wife is from Minnesota, said it's nearly impossible to see the choir when it performs there because tickets sell out. …