Luther College Cantorei to perform spring concert April 20

April 16, 2012 

Luther College Cantorei, a choral ensemble of 55 women, will perform a spring concert Friday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Music Hall on the Luther campus.

The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission. 

The concert is the choir's culmination of its spring semester work and will include a variety of choral music, both acappella and accompanied. Student accompanists include senior Hannah Shatzer, oboe, junior Kathleen Griffith, piano, and junior Katie Scherr, piano.

The choir will perform a three-set concert. The first set includes Randall Thompson's choral cantate "The Place of the Blest." This work includes "I: the Carol of the Rose," "II: The Pelican," "III: The Place of the Blest" and "IV: Alleluia, Amen." 

Written in 1968-69 as a commission from Saint Thomas Church Choir School in New York to mark the 50th anniversary of the school's founding, it is a piece for treble voices and chamber orchestra. 

The chamber orchestra includes three members from the choir, junior Sara Pecinovsky, clarinet, junior Hannah Josephson, bassoon, and sophomore Kristin Flak, violin II. Other student instrumentalists include junior Lauren Benish, violin I, junior Eleanor Schuman, viola, junior Kelsey Smith, cello, senior Nick Harvey, bass, sophomore Suzanne Russell, flute and Hannah Shatzer, oboe.

The second set features songs about nightingales. It includes "Fülemüle" by Orban, "Die Nachtigall," by Mozart, "The Nightingale, Organ of Delight," by Weelkes. Rachel Ware, Luther alumni guest lecturer in music, will sing "Canción de Ruiseñor," by Amadeo Vives. She will be accompanied by Jessica Paul, Luther professor of music.

The third section includes sacred contemporary pieces by Eleanor Daley, Stephen Hatfield, John Rutter and Charles Albert Tindley.

Cantorei is conducted by Linda Martin, Luther instructor in music. Martin has taught at Luther for nine years and conducted Cantorei for seven years. In addition to her duties as choral conductor, she also teaches senior music education classes and first-year theory and ear training. 

Martin holds the bachelor's degree in vocal music education from the University of Northern Iowa and the masters of arts in music education with a choral emphasis from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

Linda Martin