Luther College Nordic Choir to perform in Des Moines

In collaboration with the Des Moines Symphony, the Luther College Nordic Choir will perform Leonard Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms" during the Masterworks 6: Simon Sings Porgy and Bess concert. The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at the Des Moines Civic Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

Ticket information is available at https://dmsymphony.org/.

Nordic Choir is Luther's flagship choir in a choral program that is comprised of three upper-class mixed touring choirs and two first-year choirs. Acclaimed for honoring 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 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.

Since 2017, the choir has been under the direction of Andrew Last, associate professor of music and director of choral activities. Last, a 1997 alumnus of Luther College, earned a master's degree in choral conducting from Northern Arizona University and a doctorate in choral conducting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music. Last is preceded by Allen Hightower, Craig Arnold and the 57-year tenure of Weston Noble.

Learn more about Luther's music department at https://www.luther.edu/music/.

Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the world with five choirs, three bands, three orchestras, two jazz bands and numerous chamber ensembles, totaling more than 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. More than 250 music majors study music theory/ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.