San Francisco - Orphei Drängar in Concert as part of their 2017 USA tour

The world-class, 80-member Swedish men’s chorus, Orphei Drängar, returns to the USA this March at the invitation of the American Choral Directors Association to perform at the ACDA National Conference in Minneapolis. In addition, they’ll perform public concerts in the San Francisco area March 5 and 6, and in St. Paul, MN on March 10.

Orphei Drängar (or Sångsällskapet Orphei Drängar, often just OD, translates to Sons of Orpheus) is a Swedish male choir and singing society founded in 1853, based in Uppsala and one of the two notable singing societies traditionally affiliated with Uppsala University (the other one being the two decades older Allmänna Sången, "The Common Song").

The society was founded on 30 October 1853 as the city of Uppsala was suffering from an outbreak of cholera, when a dozen student singers gathered at the Hotel d'Upland in Uppsala to sing songs by Carl Michael Bellman. First tenor Jonas Widén gathered around him three singers, a conductor – Oscar Arpi, leader of the Allmänna Sången (then) male-voice choir– a pianist, and, to be on the safe side, a spectator.

Since 2008, the Chorus has been led by Cecilia Rydinger Alin, who is winning top musical recognition and awards in Sweden.  Robert Sund, Orphei Drängar’s former director, will return to the States to conduct the 2017 USA concerts.  

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Mission Dolores Basilica

Sunday, March 5, 4:00PM


Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church

Monday, March 6, 7:30pm