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Family Weekend Concert with Aurora/Norskkor/Cathedral Choir/Collegiate Chorale/Varsity Band/Wind & Percussion

  • Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019
  • Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Location: Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall

Luther College presents Family Weekend evening concert Sept. 21

            DECORAH, Iowa– Celebrate Luther College Family Weekend with an evening concert 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall.

            Featuring the Varsity Band, Aurora, Norskkor, Wind and Percussion Ensemble, Cathedral Choir and Collegiate Chorale, the event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

            Following a greeting from Luther College President Jennifer K. Ward, the Varsity Band will open the concert with "Solas Ané" by Samuel Hazo and "Valdres Marsj" by Johannes Hansen, arranged by Loras Schissel.

            Norskkor will continue the concert with "Oh, Sing Jubilee!" by Guds Mednighed Syng, arranged by Brad Holmes, and "O Sing to the Lord" by Dan Davison.Cathedral Choir will perform two songs: "Set Me as a Seal" by Richard Nance and "Du Dob Dob" by Vaclovas Augustinas. 

The Wind and Percussion Ensemble will perform "Illrian Dances" by Guy Woolfenden.

            Aurora will continue the concert with two songs: "The Roof," by Andrea Ramsey and "Thulele Mama Ya," by Lisa Young. Collegiate Chorale will open with "More than Enough" by Susan LaBarr and close their portion of the concert with "Long Time Trav'ling"arranged by Abbie Betinis.

            The concert will conclude with the combined ensembles performing the Luther Hymn, composed by J.W. Ylvisaker and arranged by Claude T. Smith. 

            Collaborating with the ensembles are Frost Bowen-Bailey, horn, Hayden Carlson, piano, Nathan Elsbernd, piano, David Gorman, piano, Grace Huber, percussion, Grace Simpson, percussion, and Anne Wilson, piano.

Varsity Band, a preparatory ensemble of approximately 100 students, is under the direction of James Fritz, adjunct faculty in music. Wind and Percussion Ensemble, consisting of approximately 50 auditioned students, is under the direction of Joan deAlbuquerque, associate professor of music. Both ensembles perform at a variety of events throughout the year, including formal concerts each semester.

Aurora, comprised of first-year alto and soprano singers, and Collegiate Chorale, select junior and senior singers, are under the direction of Jennaya Robison, assistant professor of music and Luther class of 1996. Aurora is actively involved in the process of creating new music, premiering works from Stacey Gibbs, Libby Larsen, Mack Wilberg and many more. Collegiate Chorale features 100 mixed voices performing sacred and secular choral works of a variety of periods and styles.

            Norskkor, the choir for first-year tenor and bass singers, and Cathedral Chorale, select singers from the sophomore class, are both directed by Mark Potvin, instructor in music and Luther class of 2001. Norsemen perform on and off campus and at the North Central American Choral Directors Association conferences and as guests of the Great Northern Union at the Collegiate Men's Choir Festival in St. Paul, Minnesota. Cathedral Choir recently premiered works from Stephen Paulus, Eric Whitacre and other composers. 

For more information about Luther's Family Weekend, visit luther.edu/parents/family-weekend/schedule/. 

Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation, with six choirs, three orchestras, three bands, two jazz bands and more than 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. Nearly 275 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.

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