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Tonic Sol-fa to present Nov. 19 holiday show

The award-winning a cappella quartet brings a brand new holiday show to life this season with the group's "Shake Up Christmas" tour. Tonic Sol-fa will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, at the Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts at Brainerd High School.

Tonic Sol-fa is an a cappella ensemble from Minnesota that produces an annual, sold-out holiday tour in the Midwest as well as spring and summer concert tours throughout the U.S. Contributed

Emmy and Grammy award-winning vocal group Tonic Sol-fa will present their holiday show ‘Shake Up Christmas” at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, in the Gichi-Ziibi Center for the Arts.

The a cappella performance by the Minnesota-based musical act is part of the Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center’s Cultural Arts Series.

Tonic Sol-fa has established itself not only as the most in-demand vocal group in the Midwest but also one of the most successful independent acts in America, according to promoters.

Tonic Sol-fa independently produces an annual, sold-out holiday tour in the Midwest as well as spring and summer concert tours throughout the U.S. Contributed


The New York Times described Tonic Sol-fa’s sound as “a vocal kaleidoscope … unique to the human voice.”

With sales of over 2 million copies of the group’s 13 albums, Tonic Sol-fa has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad. They perform about 100 concerts a year across 48 states to a combined audience of over 250,000 people.

The group last performed in Brainerd last season in a virtual concert setting.

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Tonic Sol Fa will present “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” Nov. 21, as part of Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center fall concert season. Submitted Photo

The group has 3 PBS television specials: “Christmas,” “If I Dream” and “Greatest Time of Year,” and it released its third television holiday special in 2010, which aired over 1,800 times in 47 states and Canada.

Tonic Sol-fa was voted by Campus Activities Magazine as “One of the top five ‘MUST SEE’ groups in America.”

Tonic Sol-fa began at St. John’s University in Central Minnesota and includes lead vocalist Shaun Johnson, tenor and vocal percussionist Greg Bannwarth, baritone and percussionist Theo Brown and bass Jared Dove.



Together the group reached national prominence with appearances on NBC’s “Today Show” and in Newsweek. The group has shared the stage with Jay Leno, Jeff Foxworthy and Lonestar, and was part of Garrison Keillor’s 30th-anniversary celebration of “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Tonic Sol-fa received its first Emmy in the "Musical Composition/Arrangement" category for a song performed in a Toys for Tots public service announcement.

In 2017, Tonic Sol-fa released two albums: “Original,” and “30K”, a holiday offering. The group’s music was included on “The 12 Dogs of Christmas,” a best-selling seasonal DVD at Walmart.

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Tonic Sol-fa recently won two independent Grammys for Best Original Holiday Song and Best Pop Song. The group’s original songs, arrangements and albums have won numerous contemporary a cappella awards for best pop album, gospel song and Christmas original.

The group has performed “The Star-Spangled Banner”’ for national Republican and Democratic events, former presidents, the Minnesota Twins, the Chicago Bears, the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Minnesota Lynx and the St. Paul Saints, just to name a few.

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Tickets for Tonic Sol-fa’s “Shake Up Christmas” show are available from the CLC Box Office at 218-855-8199 or online at .

The Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center’s 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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