Group believes in serendipity, and has name to prove it

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November 20, 2018

By Kelly Klingelhutz '21

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The Sons of Serendip cite serendipity — the coincidence of seemingly random events that result in a favorable outcome — as the reason that this group of vocalists were brought together.

Lucky coincidence or not, this musical group has since taken the world by storm with their unique mix of classical meets R&B pop that The New York Times calls “alive with detail and silky beyond reason.”

The group will bring their velvety voices to Saint John’s University in the form of a holiday experience full of Christmas classics. Their performance is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the Stephen B. Humphrey Theater on the SJU campus as part of the Fine Arts Series at SJU and the College of Saint Benedict.

Preforming a unique twist on the popular holiday music you know and love, Sons of Serendip Christmas will lift you up and fill you with Christmas Spirit. The array of classically infused seasonal songs have drawn praise from critics like The Los Angeles Times who call it “fresh” and “imaginative.”

Sons of Serendip is made up of four men - Kendall Ramseur, Cordaro Rodriguez, Micah Christian and Mason Morton - who met in 2010 at Boston University. Bonded by their mutual passion for music, the four became fast friends.

A few years later, Christian had the opportunity to audition for “America’s Got Talent.” He reached out to his former classmates who agreed to join him. With that, Sons of Serendip was born.

The quartet moved past auditions on Season 9 of “America’s Got Talent” and continued to wow the country, performing for 15 million viewers and making it to the final four on the show. Although they did not win the show, judge Heidi Klum stated at the time, “I would buy your album now.”

She soon would have her chance to do just that. In January 2015, the group came out with their first album titled “Sons of Serendip.”The album climbed to No. 20 on Billboard charts in February 2015. Since then, they have come out with two more albums including “Christmas: Beyond the Lights” (October 2015) and “Life + Love” (July 2017), both which also charted.

In December 2016, Sons of Serendip joined alumni from “America’s Got Talent” for the show’s “Holiday Spectacular.” The quartet has toured nationally, performing at concert halls and performing arts centers, including Boston’s Symphony Hall, The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and the Atlanta Symphony Hall. They also sang the national anthem at the New York Knicks’ home opener in October 2016 at Madison Square Garden.

Tickets to see this captivating quartet are $30 for adults, $27 for seniors and $23 for CSB/SJU faculty and staff. Youth and students (with ID) get in for $15, and CSB/SJU student tickets are $10.

For tickets, call the Benedicta Arts Center Box Office at 320-363-5777 or order online.

This performance is sponsored in part by Woodcrest of Country Manor.

The activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.