Luther College Music Department presents J.S. Bach's B-minor Mass

The Luther College Music Department will present J.S. Bach's B-minor Mass at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life, located on the Luther campus. In addition to the performance in Decorah, a performance of the same program will take place at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 2.

The performances feature Luther's Nordic Choir and Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Baldwin, professor of music and director of orchestra activities at Luther College.

Tickets for the Decorah performance are $30 for adults and $10 for students, and can be purchased at Luther's ticket website,, 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 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Tuesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with extended hours on Thursdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Tickets for the Minneapolis performance are $30 for adults and $10 for students, and can be purchased on the Minnesota Orchestra website,, by calling Ticket Services at (612) 371-5656, or by visiting the Orchestra Hall Box Office open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday and two hours prior to the start of a performance.

The performances feature several faculty and alumni soloists: Kelly Holst, Luther class of 2000, soprano; Laura Krumm, class of 2009, soprano; Beth Ray Westlund, associate professor of music, class of 1989, alto; Aaron Sheehan, class of 1998, tenor; Matthew Stump, class of 2012, bass; Carol Hester, professor of music, flute; Heather Armstrong, associate professor of music, oboe; Gregory Peterson, professor of music, class of 1983, positive organ; Kathryn Reed, instructor in music, harpsichord; Stacie Mickens, class of 2002, horn; Adam Gordon, guest artist, assistant principal trumpet of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, trumpet; John Cord, assistant professor of music, trumpet; Igor Kalnin, visiting assistant professor of music, violin; and Philip Borter, assistant professor of music, cello. 

Completed in the last years of his life, when the composer had gone blind, Bach's B-minor Mass is a transcendent and profoundly spiritual work, unique and universal in its appeal. The B-minor Mass is widely regarded as one of the great artistic achievements in Western music, and one of the greatest musical works conceived by the human mind.

The performance at Luther is a part of a series of events happening during Luther's weekend-long conference, "Liberating Grace: The Power of the Reformation in the World Today," March 31-April 1. The conference focuses on how the Reformation continues to impact how the church interacts with the wider world. Featured speakers include the Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber and Ralston Deffenbaugh, assistant general secretary for international affairs and human rights at the Lutheran World Federation, as well as a variety of workshops and seminars.

Nordic Choir, founded in 1946, enjoys national and international acclaim as a premier collegiate choral ensemble in the United States. Nordic Choir has toured extensively throughout the United States, performing in churches of all denominations, schools, and concert halls.

The Luther College Symphony Orchestra, Luther’s largest and oldest orchestral ensemble, maintains an active rehearsal and performance schedule during the academic year, from early September to late May. More than eighty student musicians perform with Symphony 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 more than 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. Nearly 275 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, church music and performance.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,150, 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: