Luther College Nordic Choir will conclude its 2019 Great Lakes tour with a homecoming performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the Center Faith and Life on Luther's campus.
The performance by the 80-member Nordic Choir is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Two Decorah-area musicians are members of the Nordic Choir: Garret Baumler, class of 2020; and Parker Fretheim, class of 2019.
The program includes "Praise the Name of the Lord" by Sergei Rachmaninoff, "Pater Noster" by Jacob Handl, Psalm 50 by F. Melius Christiansen, as well as hymn arrangements, spirituals and the traditional Nordic Choir closing piece, "O Lord God" by Pavel Chesnokov.
Nordic Choir is Luther's flagship vocal ensemble in a choral program that comprises three upper-class mixed touring choirs and two first-year choirs. Acclaimed for upholding the Lutheran choral tradition while also featuring new and innovative choral works, Nordic Choir showcases versatility, artistry and technical mastery across many genres of music.
The concert is part of Nordic Choir's 2019 Great Lakes tour. The choir tours annually, performing in churches of all denominations, schools and concert halls, including Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Internationally, the ensemble has toured in Germany, Italy, England, Ireland, Scandinavia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Russia and Eastern Europe. In 2021, Nordic Choir will make its first tour to South Africa.
Nordic Choir, founded in 1946, enjoys national and international acclaim as a premier collegiate choral ensemble in the United States. Since 2017, Nordic has been under the direction of Andrew Last, associate professor of music and director of choral activities. Last, a 1997 Luther College alumnus, earned a master's degree in choral conducting from Northern Arizona University and a Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln School of Music. Last was preceded by the leadership of Allen Hightower, 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 more than 800 student musicians. Luther's students perform 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.