Luther College Nordic Choir, one of the top college choirs in the nation, closes its Midwest and Colorado tour with a homecoming performance at the Luther College Center for Faith and Life at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13.
The performance by the 73-member Nordic Choir is open to the public with no charge for admission.
The 2018 Nordic Choir tour program includes selections from the following: "Ye Were Sometimes Darkness" by Randall Thompson, "Exultate Deo" by Hans Leo Hassler, "Hail, Gladdening Light" by Charles Woods, "Neither Angels, Nor Demons, Nor Powers" by Timothy Takach, "Mangisondele Nkosi Yam" by Michael Barrett, as well as hymn-arrangements, spirituals and the traditional Nordic Choir closing piece "O Lord God" by Pavel Chesnokov.
The concert is part of Nordic Choir's 2018 tour of the Midwest and Colorado. Tour stops include Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Jan. 27-28; Weston, Wisconsin, Jan. 28; Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Feb. 1; Overland Park, Kansas, Feb. 2; Victoria, Kansas, Feb. 3; Hays, Kansas, Feb. 4; Denver, Colorado, Feb. 5; Colorado Springs, Colorado, Feb. 6; Estes Park, Colorado, Feb. 7; Fort Collins, Colorado, Feb. 8; Lincoln, Nebraska, Feb. 9; Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Feb. 10; New Brighton, Minnesota, Feb. 11; and Decorah, Feb. 13.
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. Most recently, the choir traveled to Italy and performed in Rome, Florence and Venice.
Nordic Choir, founded in 1946, enjoys national and international acclaim as a premier collegiate choral ensemble in the United States. This tour marks the first year of the Nordic Choir under the baton of Andrew Last, Luther class of 1997. Last was preceded by the leadership of Allen Hightower, 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 more than 800 student musicians. Luther's students perform in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. Nearly 275 music majors study music theory/ear training, history, education, composition, church music and performance.