'Christmas at Luther' performances Nov. 29-Dec. 2
As a way to celebrate and reflect on the Christmas message, Luther College presents "Every Voice in Concert Ring," the 2018 production of "Christmas at Luther," Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 29-Dec. 2, in the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus. This is the 37th season of "Christmas at Luther" performances.
The five "Christmas at Luther" performances are at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29; 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2.
Tickets are $25-$35 and may be purchased online at tickets.luther.edu. Patrons may also purchase tickets through the Luther Ticket Office, telephone (563) 387-1357 or [email protected], open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-10:30 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.
"Every Voice in Concert Ring" highlights the clear, beckoning sound of a bell, inviting everyone to lift up their voices in community. Jeff Dintaman, Luther College professor of theatre, depicts the theme in a backdrop featuring a gothic church facade with bells and a rose window.
The musical celebration showcases the talents of more than 500 musicians, including: Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Baldwin, professor of music; Nordic Choir, conducted Andrew Last, director of choral activities and associate professor of music, Luther class of 1997; Luther Ringers, conducted by Gregory Peterson, college organist and professor of music, Luther class of 1983; Cathedral Choir and Norsemen, conducted by Mark Potvin, instructor in music, Luther class of 2001; and Aurora and Collegiate Choir, conducted by Jennaya Robison, assistant professor of music, Luther class of 1996.
Each year more than 8,000 people attend the "Christmas at Luther" performances. Past concerts have been broadcast on 94 percent of all PBS television stations nationwide. The 2018 performance will be broadcast on Public Radio stations, and the 2017 "Christmas at Luther" will be broadcast on television stations in Madison, La Crosse, and Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Rochester, Minnesota; and Cedar Rapids and Waterloo, Iowa, Dec. 23-25. See the Christmas at Luther website, https://www.luther.edu/christmas-at-luther/Broadcast/, for more details.
Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation, with five choirs, three orchestras, three bands, two jazz bands and nearly 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. More than 275 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.