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by Andrea Matters

Do you love the ethereal singing of Chanticleer and Anonymous 4? How about the uncanny blend of the great gospel group Take 6? Perhaps you prefer the silky sound of a fine barbershop quartet, or the spirited, rustic energy of folk ensembles like the Chieftains. Whatever your taste, if you love the sound of the human voice raised in song, you’re sure to be transported by Trio Mediæval, the Norwegian ensemble coming to All Saints’ on Friday, March 2, at 8:00 p.m.

Trio Mediæval, comprising Anna Maria Friman, Linn Andrea Fuglseth, and Torunn Østrem Ossum, was founded in 1997. They made their US debut in 2003 and regularly tour to great acclaim (and sold-out houses) in Europe and North America. In a glowing review, the New York Times wrote that their three voices “blended with a supernatural clarity and beauty”; the Irish News said, “If you could bottle the joie de vivre that comes from the members of Trio Mediaeval you could probably sell it not just as a pick-me-up, but as some form of basic life-force.” I heard them in 2008, in a truly unforgettable concert that included sacred music from medieval England and France, newly-composed works written especially for the three women, and rollicking Norwegian ballads about kings, lovers, and bandits. I can’t wait to hear them again! And just think: no need to travel to the Kennedy Center, Vienna Konzerthaus, or Wigmore Hall. They will be right here at All Saints’.

Tickets, available in the office, are a bargain at $25 for general seating, $45 for premium seating, and $10 for students. Don’t miss this chance to enjoy a magical performance when Trio Mediæval visits Carmel next month. You can learn more about Trio Mediæval at www.triomediaeval.no.