Community Chorus concerts this weekend focus on music of late Norman Luboff

Published 8:17 pm Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Luboff first met his future wife in early December of 1971, when he was invited to Sweden to conduct the amateur choir, Ad Libitum, and Eric Ericson&squo;s professional groups ‐ the Radio and Chamber Choirs of Stockholm. During ten days of rehearsals and concerts, Luboff was filmed for Swedish television by a young producer named Gunilla Marcus.

Born and raised in Stockholm, Marcus had been working at the station for 15 years, where she programmed a variety of television shows including musical variety, children&squo;s theater, environmental documentaries and interviews. Marcus was familiar with the Luboff name because in the late 1960s she had moonlighted as a night-time disc jockey for a radio station where she heard many of his recordings.

Six months after the filming of the television program, Luboff and Marcus met again and following a two-year relationship, they married in 1973 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Although Norman Luboff was already known in the Nordic countries by virtue of Norman Luboff Choir records and his publishing of Scandinavian music, his marriage to Gunilla cemented his reputation in Sweden as she provided him with additional introductions to Swedish composers and choral musicians and made numerous translations of select texts for Walton Music Corporation editions of Swedish folk songs.

Tickets are available from Tryon Rotary Club members or at the door.

‐ Source: Dr. John Haberlen&squo;s article, &dquo;The Legacies of Norman Luboff,&dquo; in the Sept. 2008 &uot;Choral Journal,&uot;