Luther College performing ensembles Cantorei and the Luther Ringers will perform a spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on Luther's campus.
The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission. Those unable to attend may view the concert live online at stream.luther.edu/music.
Cantorei will perform selections from a variety of genres, including "Confitemini Domini" by Alessandro Constantini; "O Vos Omnes" by Thomas Juneau; "If Ye Love Me" by Thomas Tallis; "Let All the World in Every Corner Sing" by Andrea Ramsey; "Tantum Ergo" by Gabriel Fauré; "Njoktje" by Frode Fjellheim; "Voice Dance" by Greg Jasperse; and "Will the Circle Be Unbroken," a traditional Appalachian piece arranged by J. David Moore.
The Luther Ringers' portion of the concert follows the theme "From Peril to Peace to Joy" taken from the first piece on the program. The piece was composed by 1971 Luther alumnus Lee J. Afdahl who serves as the director of music at First Presbyterian Church in Rochester, Minnesota.
Further works to be performed by Luther Ringers include "Processional in E-flat" by Sandra Eithun; "Prayer for the Innocents" by Michael Helman; "It Is Well With My Soul" and "Beautiful Savior" by Cathy Moklebust; "Blackbird" by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, arranged by Sandra K. Tucker; and "Synergy" by Kevin McChesney. "A Canon of Praise" by Natalie Sleeth will be performed as a combined piece by Luther Ringers and Cantorei.
Comprised of treble singers from the first-year, sophomore, junior and senior classes, Cantorei performs under the direction of Jill Wilson, Luther assistant professor and coordinator for music education, at worship services and concerts, "Christmas at Luther," Homecoming and Family Weekend.
Luther Ringers is comprised of 12 auditioned students and performs on a five-octave set of Schulmerich handbells and a six-octave set of Malmark handchimes. The Ringers perform under the direction of Gregory Peterson, Luther professor of music, college organist, and head of the department of music. Peterson founded Luther Ringers in 2008 when a generous donor, Blanche Kangas of Spokane, Washington, gifted Luther the handbells and handchimes. Luther Ringers performs at "Christmas at Luther," chapel services, a spring concert and at area churches.
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 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, jazz, church music and performance.