Luther College Nordic Choir, one of the top college choirs in the nation, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Center for Faith and Life on the Luther College campus, Decorah, Iowa. The performance by the 74-member Nordic Choir is open to the public with no charge for admission. For those unable to attend, the event will be streamed online.
Nordic Choir, founded in 1946, enjoys national and international acclaim as a premier collegiate choral ensemble in the United States.
The 2014 Nordic Choir tour program will include selections from the following: "Magnificat" by William Walton, Bach's "Der Geist hilft unsrer Schwachheit auf," "I Have Called You By Name" by Stephen Paulus, "Psalm 67" by Eriks Esenvalds, as well as hymn-arrangements, spirituals and the traditional Nordic Choir closing piece "O Lord God" by Pavel Chesnokov.
The concert is part of the Nordic Choir's tour of the Midwest and Texas. The choir tours annually and has performed around the world, appearing in Norway, England, Ireland, Germany, Russia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, the Baltic countries, Mexico and the Caribbean. Nordic Choir has also appeared throughout the United States, performing in such well-known concert halls as Lincoln Center in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Allen Hightower, director of choral activities and professor of music at Luther, is the conductor of the Nordic Choir preceded by Craig Arnold and the 57-year tenure of Weston Noble.
Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the world with six choirs, three bands, three orchestras, two jazz bands and numerous chamber ensembles, totaling nearly 1,000 student musicians. Luther's students perform in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. More than 300 music majors study music theory/ear training, history, education, composition, church music and performance.