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Family Weekend Concert: Cathedral, Collegiate, Symphonic Band

  • Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
  • Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Location: Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall

This event will be live-streamed.

Members of Symphonic Band, Collegiate Chorale, and Cathedral Choir join this year to present the final concert of Family Weekend. The performance will include works by Rosephanye Powell, Eric Barnum, Wassily Agapkin, Rollo Dilworth, and Stephen Paulus. Also featured is the five movement suite "Five Miniatures" by composer Joaquin Turina. Audience members will be invited to join the assembled musicians in performing the Luther College Hymn at the conclusion of the performance. Collegiate Chorale is conducted by Dr. Adrianna Tam, Cathedral Choir is led by Dr. Mark Potvin, and Symphonic Band is directed by Dr. Cory Near.

Symphonic Band is a newly formed ensemble open to all students on campus. Membership in the ensemble does require a chair-placement assessment, which will occur at the beginning of the semester. In addition to a Family Weekend performance, the Symphonic Band enjoys regular concerts and special performances throughout the academic year.

The inaugural Luther College Symphonic Band is directed by Cory Near.

The Luther College Collegiate Chorale is comprised of select junior and senior singers with auditions occurring at the start of each semester. The choir, featuring 90-100 mixed voices, performs sacred and secular choral works of a variety of periods and styles. Collegiate Chorale sings at chapel and Sunday worship services on campus, performs in the college’s annual Christmas at Luther celebration, and tours annually in the spring.

Collegiate Chorale has collaborated with Nordic Choir, Cathedral Choir, and the Luther College Symphony Orchestra to perform major choral/orchestral works such as Brahms’ A German Requiem, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Handel's Messiah, ​and the premiere of Luther Mass by Stephen Paulus.

Collegiate Chorale has performed in concert with the American Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, New York City, and with the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) and La Crosse (Wisconsin) symphony orchestras. The choir performed at a regional American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) convention in 2016 and at the national ACDA convention in 2017.

Beginning in the Fall of 2021, Collegiate Chorale is conducted by Dr. Adrianna Tam. Dr. Tam was named after an extensive national search and is excited to be joining the Luther community.

Cathedral Choir is one of five auditioned choirs at Luther College.  The ensemble is comprised of select singers drawn mostly from the rich talent of the college’s sophomore class. Cathedral Choir participates actively in campus worship, in the Christmas at Luther concerts, and at special events and concerts during the academic year, including an annual spring tour.

Cathedral Choir is conducted by Mark Potvin '01.

Cathedral has collaborated with Collegiate Chorale, Nordic Choir and the Luther College Symphony Orchestra to perform major choral/orchestral works such as Brahms’ A German Requiem, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Handel's Messiah, ​and the premiere of Luther Mass by Stephen Paulus. In October 2017, Cathedral joined Collegiate Chorale and Concert Band to premiere a collage cantata composed by Luther alumni and students to commemorate the 500th anniversary ​of the Reformation.

Active in the creation of new music, Cathedral has premiered choral works by Ola Gjeilo, Mack Wilberg, Daniel Kallman, Sir David Willcocks, Gwyneth Walker, Ben Allaway, Daniel Pinkham, Eric Whitacre, Stephen Paulus, Amy Engelsdorfer, Sandra Peter, ​and Jennaya Robison.

​The ensemble also takes great pride in reintroducing landmark, small-scale masterworks to contemporary ​audiences and performing choral music from non-western traditions.

Cathedral Choir takes seriously its commitment to the larger Luther community. In the past year, the ensemble has collaborated with over 500 high school students in workshops and shared performances, engaged in multiple service projects to benefit residents of Decorah and Winneshiek County, and partnered with Minnesota Public Radio to produce the "Bring the Sing" community singing event in 2018.




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