Luther College Nordic Choir to perform 'St. John Passion' with Orchestra Iowa April 1 at Decorah Lutheran Church

March 28, 2012 

Luther College Nordic Choir, one of the top college choirs in the nation, will perform with Orchestra Iowa Sunday, April 1 at 3 p.m. at Decorah Lutheran Church in Decorah.

The performance, joining the 68-member Nordic Choir with the 82-piece Orchestra Iowa, is open to the public. Tickets are $20 and available at

The performance features Bach's "St. John Passion," composed for Good Friday services during Bach's first year at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig. The "St. John Passion" is a dramatic representation of the Passion as told in the Gospel of John.

Nordic Choir, founded in 1946, enjoys national and international acclaim as a premier collegiate choral ensemble in the United States.

The choir tours annually and has performed around the world, appearing in Norway, England, Germany, Russia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, the Baltic countries, Mexico and the Caribbean. Nordic Choir has also appeared throughout the United States, performing in well-known concert halls as Lincoln Center in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Allen Hightower, professor of music at Luther, is the conductor of the Nordic Choir. He serves as director of choral activities, giving leadership to a choral program that includes four choral conductors, six choirs, and more than 500 singers.

Founded in April 1921, Orchestra Iowa is one of the oldest symphony orchestras in continuous operation west of the Mississippi River. Its professional musicians perform more than 120 public performances throughout Eastern Iowa each year, many of which can be heard on Iowa Public Radio and seen on Iowa Public Television.