Luther Cantorei and Ringers to perform

Luther College's Cantorei and Luther Ringers will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 24, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus.

The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Together, Cantorei and the Luther Ringers will perform "Peter, Go Ring them Bells" arranged by Gwyn Arch.

Cantorei will perform two Spanish folk-song arrangements by Juan Tony Guzmán, Luther professor of music, two Moravian duets in Czechoslovakian by Antonín Dvořák and several sacred selections including "Arise, My Soul, Arise" by Dan Forrest and "I Lift My Eyes" by Bob Chilcott. The choir will be accompanied by choir member Madison Norell, Luther senior, and Jessica Paul, Luther professor of music, on piano, and Benjamin Henson, Luther senior, on violin.

Cantorei is an auditioned women's choral ensemble with 36 members selected from all four years of study at Luther. The choir performs throughout the year at campus worship services and concerts, Christmas at Luther and Homecoming and Family Weekend. The ensemble is directed by Linda Martin, Luther instructor in music. This will be Martin's last concert as director of Cantorei. Martin has been directing Cantorei since 2005.

The Luther Ringers will perform "The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came" by Joel Raney; "Bread of Angels" by William Payn; "In Bright Mansions Above" by Karen L. Buckwalter; "On Eagle's Wings" an original composition by Katie Fillmore, Luther senior and Luther Ringers member, and "Over the Rainbow" by Harold Arlen, arranged by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole and Chris Peck.

The Luther Ringers was formed in 2008 and are regularly featured in solo performances and as part of the annual Christmas at Luther program. The ensemble rings five octaves of Schulmerich Handbells and six octaves of Malmark Handchimes, all of which were donated to Luther by Blanche Kangas of Spokane, Wash. The 13-member choir, chosen by audition each year, is directed by Gregory Peterson, Luther associate professor of music and college organist.

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 nearly 1,000 student musicians.

Luther students participate 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, jazz, church music and performance.