Luther College partners with Minnesota Public Radio to host American Spiritual Ensemble April 7

Known for thrilling audiences with the voices of some of the finest singers in the classical music world, the American Spiritual Ensemble will perform as part of the Luther College Center Stage Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall.

Tickets, on sale in Luther's Ticket Office, are $24 for adults, $22 for Minnesota Public Radio members and seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18. Purchase tickets online at www.tickets.luther.edu or via the Luther Ticket Office, (563) 387-1357 or [email protected]. Ticket Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; with extended hours on Thursdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

The American Spiritual Ensemble performance is presented in partnership with Classical Minnesota Public Radio. As part of a weeklong tour of colleges in the region, American Spiritual Ensemble will also perform at Concordia College and Bethel University.

The ensemble will also perform at chapel at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 8, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. The service will be streamed at stream.luther.edu. Luther students will have the opportunity to interact with the ensemble in classes and choir rehearsals while they are on campus.

Founded and directed by Everett McCorvey, professor of voice at the University of Kentucky, the American Spiritual Ensemble's mission is to preserve spirituals, one of the oldest musical forms in the United States. While their performance features a touch of jazz and opera, their rousing and dynamic spirituals take center stage as a critical piece of American musical history.

The ensemble is composed of 24 classically trained professional vocalists from around the country. While each member is a formidable musician in their own right, many having performed regularly at venues such the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera and San Francisco Opera, their collaboration in the ensemble produces an even more dynamic sound.

Presenting diverse concerts throughout the United States, Europe and South America, American Spiritual Ensemble has also toured Spain seven times.

McCorvey is a native of Montgomery, Alabama, and received his degrees—including a Doctor of Musical Arts degree—from the University of Alabama. He has performed as a tenor soloist at the Kennedy Center, the Metropolitan Opera, Radio City Music Hall, and in England, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, Poland and the Czech and Slovak Republics. McCorvey spends summers on the artist faculty of the American Institute of Musical Study in Graz, Austria. In addition to his role as professor of voice at the University of Kentucky, he also holds an endowed alumni professorship in voice and is director of opera at the university.

Minnesota Public Radio operates a 45-station radio network serving nearly all of Minnesota and parts of surrounding states. Reaching more than 900,000 listeners each week, MPR and its three regional services—MPR News, Classical MPR and The Current—produce programming for radio, digital and live audiences. Programs produced by MPR's parent Company, American Public Media, reach 19 million listeners on nearly 1,000 radio stations nationwide each week. A complete list of stations, programs and additional services can be found at minnesotapublicradio.org.

The performance is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment of the Arts, the Crane Group and the General Mills Foundation.

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.

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