Luther College Nordic Choir to perform with VocalEssence

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The Luther College Nordic Choir will perform both at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in the Normandale Lutheran Church of Edina, Minn., and at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 27, in Benson Great Hall at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn.

The 7 p.m. performance on Saturday at Normandale Lutheran Church will feature different music from the Nordic Choir's 2014 tour concert. The concert also features a chamber orchestra and the Concert Choir from Edina High School. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $10 for students, and are available over the phone at 1-800-4-LUTHER or at tickets.luther.edu.

The 3 p.m. performance on Sunday at Bethel University is a collaboration between Bethel Choir, Gustavus Choir, Luther's Nordic Choir, University of St. Thomas Chamber Singers, and the 130-voice VocalEssence Chorus. The famed professional vocal group, in combination with these four acclaimed student choirs, will welcome spring 300 voices strong with the music of Pyotr Tchaikovsky. The program will showcase Tchaikovsky's "The Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom" composed in 1878 from one of the most celebrated Eucharistic services of the Russian Orthodox Church, a liturgy that Tchaikovsky wrote would have every listener "stirred to the very depth of his being."

Tickets for this event will range from $20 to $40 a seat, depending on the location of the seat. They can be purchased online at www.minnesotaorchestra.org, or over the phone at (612)371-5656 or (800)292-4141.

Nordic Choir, founded in 1946, enjoys national and international acclaim as a premier collegiate choral ensemble in the United States. Following the 57-year tenure of Weston Noble, Nordic is currently under the direction of Dr. Allen Hightower, named director of choral activities at Luther College in 2010.

Luther College is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the world with seven choirs, three orchestras, three bands, four jazz groups and nearly 1,000 student musicians. Luther students perform in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. More than 350 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, church music and performance.