Luther Music Department presents Handel's 'Messiah'

The Luther College Music Department will present Handel's "Messiah" as the Spring 2015 oratorio performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 27. The performance will take place in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus.

            Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults and $10 for students, and can be purchased at Luther's ticket website, www.tickets.luther.edu, by calling the Ticket Office at (563) 387-1357, or by visiting the Luther Ticket Office, open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-10:30 a.m. and 11a.m.-3 p.m.; and Tuesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with extended hours on Thursdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

            Handel's "Messiah" will also be performed at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29. Tickets for the performance are $26 for adults and $18 for students, and are available through the Orchestra Hall Box Office at www.minnesotaorchestra.org or by calling (612) 371-5600.

            The performance includes student soloists, Luther's Cathedral Choir, Collegiate Chorale, Nordic Choir and Symphony Orchestra, conducted at the performance by Allen Hightower, Luther director of choral activities and professor of music. 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 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.

            A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,400, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.

Allen Hightower