The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir will be performing Roots from the West concerts with the Norwegian choir SKRUK. Concerts are June 30-July 3 in four locations in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Here are the concert locations and dates:
June 30 (7pm) - Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
July 1 (4pm) - Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8501 International Blvd, Oakland
July 2 (7pm) - First Baptist Church, 2619 Broadway, Oakland
July 3 (6 & 8pm) - Napa Methodist Church, 625 Randolph St, Napa
According to Terrance Kelly, the director of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choirs, SKRUK is, “the best choir I have ever heard.” This is a must see show!
In 2015, OIGC and SKRUK performed three sold out concerts at the Molde International Jazz festival in Norway. The collaboration was such a success that the two choirs are teaming up once more to tour the California west coast.
The partnership of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and SKRUK came to life in 2015 at the Molde International Jazz Festival. The project, under the name "Røtter" (trans: "Roots"), is based around the fact that, despite cultural differences between the American and Norwegian west-coasts, we have common spiritual roots.
Difference in upbringing, culture, and behavior lead to different ways to express oneself, which colors the songs musically as well as lyrically. The concerts will alternate between the two choirs singing individually, as well as parts where they both sing together. The last is set to be a truly exciting unison, and as SKRUK Director Prots himself says; "a new musical latte". We have every reason to believe that this "latte" is something that every audience will enjoy.