Luther College Nordic Choir to perform homecoming concert Feb. 4

Luther College Nordic Choir, one of the top college choirs in the nation, will perform the West Coast Tour Homecoming concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther campus.

The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission and will be streamed at stream.luther.edu.

Nordic Choir, founded in 1946, enjoys national and international acclaim as a premier collegiate choral ensemble in the United States.

The 2016 Nordic Choir tour program includes selections from the following: "Serenity" by Ola Gjeilo, "Wake, Awake" by F. Melius Christiansen and "Only in Sleep" by Ēriks Ešenvalds, as well as hymn arrangements, spirituals and the traditional Nordic Choir closing piece, "O Lord God" by Pavel Chesnokov.

The concert is the culmination of Nordic Choir's 2016 tour of the West Coast. The choir tours annually and has performed around the world, appearing in Norway, England, Ireland, Germany, Russia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, the Baltic countries, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Nordic Choir has also appeared throughout the United States, performing in such well-known concert halls as Lincoln Center in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Most recently, the choir traveled to Italy and performed in Rome, Florence and Venice.

Allen Hightower, Luther director of choral activities and professor of music, is the conductor of the Nordic Choir and was preceded by Craig Arnold and the 57-year tenure of Weston Noble.

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.