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Tonic Sol-Fa to play holiday show at CLC

Submitted Photo Tonic Sol-Fa will play a holiday show Thursday, Dec. 21, in the Tornstrom Auditorium at Central Lakes College.

Grammy Award-winning vocal group Tonic Sol-Fa will play its holiday show "I Still Believe" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday Dec. 21, in the Tornstrom Auditorium at Central Lakes College. The show is part of the Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center's Cultural Arts Series.

Tonic Sol-Fa has established itself as one of the most successful independent acts in country. With sales of more 2,000,000 copies of their ten CD's, the group has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad. "I Still Believe" is part of a sold-out 25 city holiday tour in the Midwest.

Tonic Sol-Fa began at St. John's University in central Minnesota and includes lead vocalist Shaun Johnson, tenor and vocal percussionist Greg Bannwarth, and bassist Jared Dove. Together the group reached national prominence with appearances on NBC's Today Show and in Newsweek magazine. Along the way, they shared the stage with a number of recognizable performers including Jay Leno, Jeff Foxworthy and Lonestar.

The group has the PBS television specials: "Christmas," "If I Dream" and "Greatest Time of Year."

Last year Tonic Sol-Fa released two albums: "Original" and "30K."

Further, Tonic Sol-Fa released its third television holiday special in 2010, which aired more than 1800 times in 47 states and Canada.

In late 2010, Tonic Sol-Fa won its first Emmy in the "Musical Composition/Arrangement" category for a song performed in a Toys for Tots PSA (Public Service Announcement). TSF recently won two Independent Grammys for Best Original Holiday Song and Best Pop Song out of 650,000 entries worldwide. Tonic Sol-Fa's original songs, arrangements and albums have won numerous contemporary a cappella awards for best pop album, gospel song and Christmas original, have been featured on television and in movies and have garnered numerous positive national reviews.

TSF was inducted into the Midwest Music Hall of Fame.

Tickets for Tonic Sol-Fa's holiday show are available from the CLC Box Office at 218-855-8199 or at www.clcperformingarts.com.

The performance is sponsored by Essentia Health, the Central Lakes College Foundation and Prairie Bay Grill and Catering. The entire Performing Arts season is made possible in part by an operating grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board as part of the Legacy Amendment.

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