Augsburg Centennial Singers to appear at Peace Lutheran

Centennial SingersThe Augsburg Centennial Singers will appear in concert at Peace Lutheran Church, 600 Kristi Lane in Watertown, on Sunday, Oct. 6. The concert, which features familiar hymns, barbershop and sacred music selections, begins at 4 p.m.

Under the direction of Al Reesnes, the 60-member Centennial Singers take their name in remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the first Augsburg Gospel Quartet to visit Norway in the 1890s. The Singers have made two trips to Norway, a concert tour in Florida, and several visits to the Southwestern United States.

The Augsburg Centennial Singers have been a part of the Twin Cities music scene for more than 20 years. The Singers were formed to commemorate the Augsburg College Gospel Quartet tradition at the Minneapolis college. From the late 1800s until the 1960s, gospel quartets traveled each summer, appearing most often in churches affiliated with the Lutheran Free Church that supported the college.