Luther College Ringers and Cantorei ensemble to perform concert April 17

The Luther College Ringers will join the Cantorei vocal ensemble for a combined concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 in the Noble Recital Hall in the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus.

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

The Cantorei portion of the program will include two sets of music. The first set will include sacred music, opening with "Gracious Spirit Dwell Within Me," arranged by K. Lee Scott, continuing with "Missa Brevis," by Swedish composer Per Gunnar Petersson. The set concludes with Joan Syzmko's "Nada te turbe," accompanied by Luther senior Olivia Hahn.

The second set of music is arranged around the theme, "Turn Around- Circles in a Woman's Life." This set will feature more contemporary music that speaks to the diversity of experiences in women's lives.

The all-women's ensemble will perform "Take a Step" by Stephen Hatfield. This piece was written to honor the women who were teachers and guides to other generations, especially immigrant mothers the composer remembers from the Toronto neighborhood of his childhood. Also featured will be "Fair Warning," a testament to independence in old age by Jenny Joseph and Shirley McRae.

This set begins with the 1958 popular song, "Turn Around," written by Harry Belafonte, Alan Greene and Malvina Reynolds, and arranged by Rene Clausen

"Take a Step," by Stephen Hatfield, was written to honor the women who were teachers and guides to the present generation, especially immigrant mothers the composer remembers from the Toronto neighborhood of his childhood.

"Dance On My Heart," the story of a young woman torn between two young men both seeking her hand in marriage, is a light-hearted composition written by Luther alumnus Allen Koepke.

Luther junior Benjamin Davidson, French horn and Luther professor of music Jessica Paul, collaborative pianist, will accompany the group on the piece, "Heart, We Will Forget Him!," which features text by Emily Dickinson. 

The Cantorei portion of the concert will conclude with "The Circle of Our Lives," with text by Wendell Berry and music by David Brunner, accompanied by Luther senior Jenna Dosch.

The Ringers portion of the concert centers on bell transcriptions of classical repertoire, with works by Felix Mendelssohn, Debussy, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Michael Praetorius, Paul Manz and Ernesto Leucona. Luther faculty member Benjamin Yates will join the choir for one piece on alto trombone.

Following the Ringers solo portion of the concert, the two ensembles will combine to present "Non nobis Domine" by Bonnie Johansen-Werner.

Cantorei is an auditioned choral ensemble of approximately 85 women. The choir performs throughout the year at campus worship services and concerts, and at Christmas at Luther, Homecoming and Family Weekend. The ensemble is directed by Linda Martin, adjunct faculty in music at Luther.

The Luther Ringers formed in 2008 and are regularly featured in solo performances and as part of the annual Christmas at Luther program. The ensemble rings five octaves of Schulmerich Handbells and six octaves of Malmark Handchimes. The 13-member choir, chosen by audition each year, is directed this semester by Brad Schultz, visiting instructor in sacred music.