James Griesheimer, Luther College associate professor of music, will host a pre-concert discussion about Handel's "Messiah" at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 27 in the Mott Room of Luther's Dahl Centennial Union. The discussion, held prior to the 7:30 p.m. "Messiah" performance is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Limited tickets are still available through the Luther College Ticket Office for the Friday night "Messiah" performance. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students, and are available in Luther's Ticket Office or online at tickets.luther.edu.
Luther's premiere music ensembles will also perform Handel's "Messiah" at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29. Tickets are available through the Orchestra Hall Box Office, www.minnesotaorchestra.org or (612) 371-5600.
This presentation of Handel's "Messiah" includes Luther's Cathedral Choir, Collegiate Chorale, Nordic Choir, Symphony Orchestra and student soloists, all conducted by Allen Hightower, director of choral activities and professor of music at Luther. Primary conductors for the ensembles are Jennaya Robison, Cathedral Choir; Andrew Last, Collegiate Chorale; and Daniel Baldwin, Symphony Orchestra.
Performing Handel's "Messiah" has been a tradition at Luther College for more than 100 years. This oratorio was last performed on campus during the Christmas at Luther weekend of 2004. Over the years thousands of students, alumni and community members have joined together with student and alumni soloists to perform this sacred work describing the dramatic story of Jesus Christ.
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.