'Whom Angels Greet with Anthems Sweet'
In celebration of the holiday season, Luther College will present the 2019 production of "Christmas at Luther" Dec. 5–8 in the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther College campus. Tickets are now available for the 38th season of the Emmy award-winning performances.
"This year's performances celebrate the presence of the angels at the birth of Christ. Through text, music and singing together in community we honor our theme "Whom Angels Greet with Anthems Sweet." Composer Tom Trenney's commissioned work "We Sing with Choirs of Angels" invites everyone to join our voices in the words of the angels!" said Andrew Last, director of choral activities and associate professor of music.
The five "Christmas at Luther" performances take place at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5; 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. 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].
Each year more than 8,000 people attend "Christmas at Luther." The concert showcases the talents of more than 500 musicians participating in Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Baldwin, professor of music; Nordic Choir conducted Andrew Last '97, director of choral activities and associate professor of music; Luther Ringers conducted by Shayla Van Hall '16, interim college organist; Cathedral Choir and Norskkor, conducted by Mark Potvin '01, instructor in music; and Aurora and Collegiate Choir, conducted by Jennaya Robison '96, associate professor of music.
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.