Luther to host April 16 choral concert benefiting Haitian relief

April 9, 2010

The Great Northern Union Barbershop Chorus from Minneapolis-St. Paul will perform with Decorah’s Luren Singers and Luther College Norsemen in a concert on Friday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life.

Tickets are on sale at the Luther Box Office, 1-800-4-LUTHER or (563) 387-1357. Tickets may also be purchased online at http://boxoffice.luther.edu. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for ages 17 and under and can be purchased in advance or at the door.

The concert is a benefit event for Haitian relief efforts. Months after the devastating earthquake that struck the Caribbean nation, thousands of people in the Port au Prince region of Haiti are still without the basic necessities of life.

Founded in 1985, the Great Northern Union is based out of the greater Twin Cities Metropolitan area. It is an a cappella men’s chorus of 80 voices singing barbershop selections as well as a variety of sacred and secular men’s arrangements.

Conducted by Peter Benson, Great Northern Union is regarded as one of the top barbershop choruses in America.

Annually, the Luren Singers and Luther Norsemen collaborate on a spring benefit concert in early May. This year, the concert is being held mid-April and will combine the sounds of Luren, Norsemen and the Great Northern Union, totaling more than 220 men on the stage of the Center for Faith and Life. 

David Judisch, Luther professor of music, is the conductor of the Luren Singers. Timothy Peter, Luther professor of music, is the conductor of the Luther Norsemen.