With Orchestral Hall closed, band is bound for Burnsville

Tonic Sol-fa – from left, Mark McGowan, Greg Bannwarth, Shaun Johnson and Jared Dove – has earned a reputation for its holiday concerts, thanks to the a cappella group’s annual PBS Christmas Special appearances. (Photo submitted)

Tonic Sol-fa brings its holiday harmonies to the Burnsville PAC Dec. 10

With the shutdown of Orchestra Hall this month, Minneapolis’s loss is Burnsville’s gain.

As contract talks have reached a standstill between the Minnesota Orchestral Association and its musicians, all December concerts at Orchestral Hall have been cancelled. Among those programs was a concert planned for Monday, Dec. 10, by the popular four-part harmony group Tonic Sol-fa.

Rather than sit out that December concert date in wintry isolation, the Twin Cities-based a cappella group has rescheduled its Dec. 10 show for the Burnsville Performing Arts Center.

The band – made up of lead singer Shaun Johnson, baritone Mark McGowan, tenor Greg Bannwarth and bass Jared Dove – is touring this year in support of its new album, “twenty one,” which features covers of radio hits such as Tom Petty’s “Learning to Fly” and Jay-Z’s “99 Problems.”

The Burnsville concert will include selections from “twenty one” as well as well-known Christmas songs from Tonic Sol-fa’s holiday CDs “March of the Kings” and “On Top of the World.”

The band has earned a reputation for its holiday concerts, thanks to the foursome’s annual PBS Christmas Special appearances. Tonic Sol-fa’s first performance for the PBS specials, which was taped at Orchestra Hall, has aired nationally and in Canada more than 1,800 times.

Lead singer Johnson is no stranger to the Burnsville venue’s stage, as he performed there in December 2011 with his group, Shaun Johnson’s Big Band Experience, as a benefit for the Minnesota nonprofit Wishes & More, which grants wishes to children with terminal and life-threatening illnesses.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 concert in Burnsville are $32 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster (800-982-2787 and Ticketmaster.com) or in person at the Performing Arts Center box office, 12600 Nicollet Ave.

More about Tonic Sol-fa is at www.tonicsolfa.com.