Nordic Choir and Symphony Orchestra perform May 23

The Luther College Nordic Choir and Symphony Orchestra will perform together in the Saturday Music Showcase at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, May 23, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus.

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

Nordic Choir will perform from a list of selections. Possible pieces include "Ave Verum Corpus" by William Byrd, "Singet Dem Herrn Ein Neues Lied" by Bach and "O Lord God" by Paul Chesnokov.

Nordic Choir, founded in 1946, enjoys national and international acclaim as a premier collegiate choral ensemble in the United States. Allen Hightower, director of choral activities and professor of music at Luther, is the conductor of the Nordic Choir and was preceded by Craig Arnold and the 57-year tenure of Weston Noble.

Symphony Orchestra will perform "Three Dances" from "The Three-Cornered Hat" by Mauel de Falla, "Ah! Je veux vivre" from Roméo et Juliette by Charles Gounod, and Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34 by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

Daniel Baldwin, Luther professor of music, is the conductor of Symphony Orchestra. He has served as director of orchestral activities at Luther since 1997.

Symphony Orchestra, Luther's largest and oldest orchestral ensemble, is one of Luther's four main touring ensembles. Their annual tour schedule includes a three-week residency in Vienna every four years. More than 80 student musicians, representing a variety of academic majors, perform with the orchestra.

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.