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Nordic Choir to tour West Coast in January

Nordic Choir to tour West Coast in January

January 6, 2010

Jan. 6, 2010

The Luther College Nordic Choir, one of the top college choirs in the nation, will tour in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, and Minnesota in January 2010.

Nordic Choir will perform in Seattle and Tacoma, Wash.; Salem and Medford, Ore.; Palo Alto, Thousand Oaks, San Diego, Tustin, and Palm Desert, Calif.; Tucson and Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Brooklyn Park and Rochester, Minn.

A homecoming concert will also be held at Luther when the choir returns to Decorah.

A February mini-tour will take the choir to Weston and Madison, Wis.

Tour concerts will feature “Praise to the Lord” arranged by F. Melius Christiansen, “Immortal, Invisible” for choir and audience arranged by Craig Courtney, “Jubliate Deo” by James Fritschel, “Unicornis Captivatur” by Ola Gjeilo, “Sanctus (from Mass)” by Frank Martin, “Hymn to the Eternal Flame” by Stephen Paulus, “Serenade to Music” by Ralph Vaughan Williams and various spirituals.

Performances by the 76-member Nordic Choir are open to the public. Ticket information, which varies by venue, is listed below with each concert.

Nordic Choir, founded in 1946, is the flagship choral ensemble of Luther College. From 1948 until his retirement in 2005, Weston Noble conducted Nordic Choir, building an ensemble that won international acclaim as a premiere collegiate choir.

In Fall 2005, Luther selected Craig Arnold as director of choral activities and conductor of Nordic Choir. Previously Arnold was music director of Manhattan Concert Productions and conductor of the New York City Chorale and Chamber Orchestra.

Arnold holds the bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College, the master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the doctoral degree in conducting from the Eastman School of Music.

Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the world with seven choirs, three bands, three orchestras, two jazz bands and nearly 1,000 student musicians. Luther’s students perform in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. More than 350 music majors study music theory/ear training, history, education, composition, church music and performance.

Nordic Choir 2010 West Coast Tour

Sunday, January 17, 2010 / 5:00 p.m.
    St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral
    1245 Tenth Avenue East
    Seattle, Wash.
    $18 adults, $8 students
    Sponsored by Ballard First Lutheran Church
    For tickets, visit www.luthertickets.com or call 1-800-4 LUTHER

Monday, January 18, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
    Mary Baker Russell Music Center
    Lagerquist Concert Hall
    Pacific Lutheran University
    Tacoma, Wash.
    $15 adults, $8 students, free to PLU students
    For tickets, call PLU Box Office at 253.535.7411
    Sponsored by Pacific Lutheran University and the Lutheran church community

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
    Hudson Hall
    Rogers Music Center
    Willamette University
    Salem, Ore.
    $15 adults, $8 students
    Sponsored by Willamette Master Chorus
    For tickets, visit www.luthertickets.com or call 1-800-4 LUTHER

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
    First Presbyterian Church
    85 South Holly Street
    Medford, Ore.
    $15 adults, $10 students
    Sponsored by Ascension Lutheran Church and First Presbyterian Church
    For tickets, visit www.luthertickets.com or call 1-800-4 LUTHER

Friday, January 22, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
    Grace Lutheran Church
    3149 Waverley Street at Loma Verde
    Palo Alto, Calif.
    $20 adults, $18 seniors, $12 students
    Sponsored by Grace Lutheran Church
    For tickets, visit www.luthertickets.com or call 1-800-4 LUTHER

Saturday, January 23, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
    Ascension Lutheran Church
    1600 East Hillcrest Drive
    Thousand Oaks, Calif.
    $15 adults, $10 students
    Sponsored by Ascension Lutheran Church
    For tickets, visit www.luthertickets.com or call 1-800-4 LUTHER

Sunday, January 24, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
    First United Methodist Church
    2111 Camino del Rio South
    San Diego, Calif.
    $12 in advance, $15 at the door; free admission with a student ID
    Sponsored by First United Methodist Church
    For tickets, visit www.luthertickets.com or call 1-800-4 LUTHER

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
    Red Hill Lutheran Church
    13200 Red Hill Avenue
    Tustin, Calif.
    $15 adults, $8 students
    Sponsored by Red Hill Lutheran Music Ministry
    For tickets, visit www.luthertickets.com or call 1-800-4 LUTHER

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
    Hope Lutheran Church
    45-900 Portola Avenue at Fairway
    Palm Desert, Calif.
    Suggested donation $20 adults, $10 students
    For concert information, call (760) 346-1273
    Sponsored by Hope Lutheran Church

Thursday, January 28, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
    Catalina Foothills High School Auditorium
    4300 East Sunrise Drive
    Tucson, Ariz.
    $15 adults, $10 students
    For tickets, visit www.luthertickets.com or call 1-800-4 LUTHER

Friday, January 29, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
    La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church
    6300 East Bell Road
    Scottsdale, Ariz.
    $15 adults, $10 students
    Sponsored by La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church
    For tickets, visit www.luthertickets.com or call 1-800-4 LUTHER

Saturday, January 30, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
    Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
    7217 West Broadway Avenue
    Brooklyn Park, Minn.
    Sponsored by Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
    $15 adults, $8 students
    For tickets, visit www.luthertickets.com or call 1-800-4 LUTHER

Sunday, January 31, 2010 / 4:00 p.m.
    Zumbro Lutheran Church
    624 3rd Ave SW
    Rochester, Minn.
    Sponsored by Zumbro Lutheran Church
    $15 adults, $10 students
    For tickets, visit www.luthertickets.com or call 1-800-4 LUTHER

Thursday, February 4, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
    Center for Faith and Life
    Luther College
    Decorah, Iowa
    Free admission

February mini-tour

Saturday, February 20, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
    Mount Olive Lutheran Church
    6205 Alderson Street
    Weston, Wis.
    Freewill offering   
    For concert information, call (715) 359-5546
Sunday, February 21, 2010 / 4:00 p.m.
    Bethel Lutheran Church
    312 Wisconsin Avenue
    Madison, Wis.
    $15 adults, $10 students
    For tickets, visit www.luthertickets.com or call 1-800-4 LUTHER

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Craig Arnold
Craig Arnold
Craig Arnold