Classical Movements Presents

Directed by Dr. Anton Armstrong
South Africa Concert Tour

Johannesburg | Pretoria |  Soweto | Drakensberg | Cape Town | Stellenbosch
May 30 – 14, 2024

Performing American and World music, Choral Standards, Hymns,
African-American Spirituals, Folk Songs, South African, Living Composers, and more. 


PRETORIA | Thursday, 30 May | 19h00 
At the Musaion Auditorium 

Also featuring host choir, University of Pretoria TUKS Camerata with Dr. Michael Barrett

PRETORIA - Tickets

JOHANNESBURG | Friday, 31 May | 19h00
Linder Auditorium 

Also featuring host choir, Quava Vocal Group, conducted by Sabelo Mthembu


SOWETO | Sunday, 2 June | 15h00
Holy Cross Anglican Church, Orlando West, Soweto

Reserve your free space 

SOWETO - Free Reservations

DRAKENSBERG | Wednesday, 5 June | 15h30
Ken Mackenzie Auditorium at the Drakensberg Boys Choir School

with the Drakensberg Boys Choir


STELLENBOSCH | Wednesday, 12 June | 19h00
Endler Hall at University of Stellenbosch

Also featuring host choir, Amici de Lumine, conducted by Michaelangelo Cloete


CAPE TOWN | Thursday, 13 June | 19h00
Baxter Concert Hall

Also featuring host choir, The University of Cape Town Choir, conducted by Karen Schofield-Nel

BAXTER - Tickets

CAPE TOWN | Friday, 14 June | 19h00
Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre

Also featuring host choir, the South African Youth Choir, conducted by Phil Robinson




N’kosi Sikelel’i A’frika (“God Bless Africa”) Enoch Mankayi Sontonga (1873–1905)/trans.and ed. Nick Page

Come, Ye That Love the Lord Robert Boyd (1771–1822) / arr. Alice Parker (1925–2023)

Praise the Lord  Florence B. Price (1887–1953)

Exaudi vocem meam (“Hear My Voice”) Alberto Grau (b. 1937)

Coelos Ascendit Hodie (“Today into the heavens has ascended”) Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852–1924)



Modimo (“God”) Traditional Sesotho/isiZulu/arr. Michael Barrett (b. 1983)

Prayer of St. Francis  Allen Pote (b. 1945)

When Memory Fades Jayne Southwick Cool (b.1947)/arr. Eric Nelson (b. 1959)

It Is Well With My Soul Philip P. Bliss (1838–1876)/arr. Yu-Shan Tsai (b. 1968)

Celestial Spring  F. Melius Christiansen (1871–1955)

  1. Exaltation
  2. Glorification



Isondo Liyajika (“The Wheel Turns”) Sabelo Mthembu (b. 1983)

Listen Ralph M. Johnson ’78(b. 1955)

The time Has Come Eriks Ešenvalds (b. 1977)

Holding the Light B.E. Boykin (b. 1989)

If I Can Help Somebody Alma Bazel Androzzo (1912–2001)/arr. André J. Thomas (b. 1952)



Jamaica Market Place Larry Farrow (b. 1950)

Haleluya! Pelo Tsa Rona (“Hallelujah! We Sing Your Praises”) ed. Anders Nyberg (b. 1955)

Amazing Grace  arr. Keith McCutchen (b.1964)

I Sing Because I’m Happy Charles H. Gabriel (1856–1932)  arr. Kenneth Padden (b. 1953)/adapted Rollo Dilworth (b.1970)

Walk Together, Children   African American Spiritual, arr. Moses G. Hogan Jr. (1957–2003)

Beautiful Savior  arr. F. Melius Christiansen (1871–1955)


ST OLAF CHOIR – For more than a century, the St. Olaf Choir, conducted by Dr. Anton Armstrong, has set the gold standard for choral singing, performing for millions around the world. Composed of 75 mixed voices, the St. Olaf Choir is hailed as one of the nation’s premier a cappella ensembles, renowned for its artistry and beauty of sound. The St. Olaf Choir was founded in 1912 by F. Melius Christiansen, whose work established the ensemble’s standard of excellence and its tradition of bringing music to audiences outside of campus. Christiansen chose spiritually profound music and pushed student musicians to perfect a tone that was disciplined, controlled, and free of excessive vibrato. That sound — securely in tune, controlled in pitch, smooth in delivery — became the choir’s hallmark.  When Armstrong took the helm in 1990, his vast knowledge of music and his ability to articulate a vision to singers and audiences alike took the St. Olaf Choir to the next level, adding more flavor to its signature sound and further expanding its repertoire to include music of the Pacific Rim, Africa, and Latin America.  Under Armstrong’s leadership, the choir continues to expand its touring horizons, engaging capacity audiences in major concert halls throughout the United States and worldwide. The ensemble has toured internationally 15 times. Most recently, in June 2019, the St. Olaf Choir toured Norway for two weeks with the St. Olaf Orchestra.

Dr. Anton Armstrong, Tosdal Professor of Music at St. Olaf College, became the fourth conductor of the St. Olaf Choir in 1990. He is a graduate of St. Olaf College and earned advanced degrees at the University of Illinois and Michigan State University. He is editor of a multicultural choral series for Earthsongs Publications and co-editor (with John Ferguson) of the revised St. Olaf Choral Series for Augsburg Fortress Publishers. In June 1998, he began his tenure as founding conductor of the Oregon Bach Festival Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy.  In January 2006, Baylor University selected Anton Armstrong from a field of 118 distinguished nominees to receive the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching and spent February–June 2007 in residency at Baylor University as a visiting professor. In October 2009, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Michigan State University. In June 2013, Dr. Armstrong received the Saltzman Award from the Oregon Bach Festival. The festival’s highest honor, the Saltzman Award is bestowed upon individuals who have provided exceptional levels of leadership to the organization. Dr. Armstrong is a highly sought-after clinician and guest conductor, and works with many of the world’s most prestigious organizations and ensembles.

About Classical Movements
The premier concert tour company for the world’s great orchestras and choirs, Classical Movements creates meaningful cultural experiences through music in 147 countries. An industry leader for Three Decades, Classical Movements organizes more than 60 tours every year, producing some 200 concerts every season. Producer of two international choral festivals—Ihlombe! in South Africa and Serenade! in Washington, D.C.—and the Prague Summer Nights: Young Artists Music Festival, in addition, Classical Movements’ Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program has commissioned over 70 works from Grammy, Oscar and Pulitzer Prize-winning composers. Winner of Americans for the Arts’ BCA10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts Award, since its founding in 1992, as a truly global company, Classical Movements remains committed to facilitating cultural diplomacy across the world—promoting peace through the medium of music.