Weston Noble Alumni Choir to tour Austria, Germany and Czech Republic

July 2, 2010

The Weston Noble Alumni Choir will experience a European tour redux with a Minnesota twist in 2010. The choir's Twin Cities reunion will be followed by a tour of Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic.

Alumni of the choirs of Luther College will gather at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Minn., July 22-25 for the fourth Weston Noble Alumni Choir reunion. The choir, representing Luther classes from 1949 to 2005, will meet for three days of intense rehearsals at St. Stephen (http://www.ststephen.net/), then will perform at the church’s 8:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. services Sunday, July 25.

Later that day, most of the singers will depart for a singing tour of Europe, to include appearances in St. Wolfgang am Zee, Vienna and Salzburg, Austria; Munich and Berlin, Germany; and Prague, Czech Republic.

There are still seats available in all sections for the stateside event. Alumni can get more information and register at http://www.westonnoblealumnichoir.org. The website has photos and remembrances of previous reunion events and provides complete information and contacts for registration, housing, fees and event schedule.

The Weston Noble Alumni Choir formed in the summer of 2006 when Myron Heaton, a 1968 graduate of Luther College and director of the Myron Heaton Chorale of Las Vegas, invited Noble to serve as guest conductor for the chorale’s concert tour of Europe. To augment Heaton’s ensemble, the two conductors invited Luther College Nordic Choir alumni to join the tour.

The Luther singers returned from the tour with a pledge to organize a larger alumni event, which has taken place each summer since 2007 on the Luther campus.

“Weston has often expressed his wish to return to Europe with a Luther alumni group, and this became the year to realize that dream,” said alumni choir president Jack Kuester of Madison, Wis., a 1968 graduate of Luther.

“We knew many singers would be unable to make the big trip to Europe, but might join us for a shorter event stateside,” adds Kuester. “Since we are flying from Minneapolis/St. Paul, it made sense to hold that event in the Twin Cities.”

Music for the stateside event will include “Surge Inluminare” by James Biery, “O Vos Omnes” by Tomas Luis de Victoria, “Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace” by Mary McDonald, selections from “Mass of the Children” by John Rutter, the spiritual “Set Down Servant” arranged by Robert Shaw, and Noble’s signature closing piece, “O Lord God” by Paul Tchesnokoff.

Added to the program for the European tour will be “Ritmo” by Dan Davison, “Eight Chestnut Horses” by Se Enkhbayar and the American folk tune “Shenendoah” by Mack Wilberg.