The Weston Noble Alumni Choir will gather in Decorah starting July 20 for its eighth reunion and concert. The choir, representing Luther classes from 1949 to 2013, will meet for five days of intense rehearsals culminating in two public concerts.
Grown from the same impulse that birthed the choir eight years ago, a second concert is now set to take place in Austin, Minnesota, in addition to the choir's annual Decorah performance.
The choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Austin, and at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 25, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther College campus in Decorah.
The performance in Austin is open to the public with no charge for admission and a freewill offering will be taken to benefit the church's concert series. The Decorah concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.
The Weston Noble Alumni Choir formed in the summer of 2006 when Myron Heaton, a 1968 Luther graduate and director of the Myron Heaton Chorale of Las Vegas, invited Noble to serve as guest conductor for his 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 with a pledge to organize a larger alumni event, which has taken place each summer since 2007, including a return to Europe in 2010 and a California tour in 2012.
The 2014 concerts will feature an entr'acte appearance by mezzo-soprano Karen Brunssen,'75, co-chair of music performance of the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
The program includes Joseph Flummerfelt's setting of "Danny Boy," which Noble conducted in May as part of the National Memorial Day Choral Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Also on the 2014 alumni choir program: "Benedicamus Domino" by Peter Warlock; "Psalmkonzert" by Heinz Werner Zimmermann; "Ave Maria" by Kevin Memley; "Listen to the Lambs" by R. Nathanial Dett; "John Saw Duh Numbah" arranged by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw; “Prayer of the Children" by Kurt Bestor; "Salvation is Created" by Paul Tchesnokoff; and Noble's signature closing piece, "O Lord God" also by Tchesnokoff.
For more information about the Weston Noble Alumni choir visit http://www.westonnoblealumnichoir.org.