Luther College Cantorei and Ringers to perform May 1

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The Luther College Cantorei will join the Luther Ringers in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus.

The event is open to the public and free of admission.

Cantorei will begin with pieces from Gabriel Faure's Messe basse pour voix de femmes (low mass for treble voices), including "Kyrie," "Sanctus," "Benedictus" and "Agnus Dei." Madison Norell, Luther senior, will accompany on piano, and Emily Ebertz, senior, and Eve Christensen, senior, will have vocal solos during the piece. Cantorei will also perform Ysaye M. Barnwell's "There is a Balm in Gilead" and "Wanting Memories." Karl Nilsson, junior, will collaborate on double bass for "Wanting Memories." Aidan Schmitt, sophomore, will serve as percussionist on two pieces.

Cantorei will conclude their part of the program with performances of Stephen Hatfield's "Living in a Holy City," Matthew Culloton's "Down in the River to Pray," Waldemar Ahlen's "The Earth Adorned" and Walter Hawkins' "I'm Goin' Up a Yonder."

Luther Ringers will take the stage with three hymn arrangements "All Glory, Laud and Honor," "How Can I Keep from Singing," and "Immortal, Invisible." The group will also perform Karen Buckwalter's "Carillon Fantasy" and an arrangement of Edvard Grieg's "March of the Dwarfs." Twin sisters Allyson and Kaitlyn Fillmore, both juniors, will perform a bell duet "Contemplation" by Monika Durbin.

Cantorei is an auditioned women's choral ensemble with members from each class at Luther. The choir performs throughout the year at campus worship services and concerts, and at Christmas at Luther, Homecoming and Family Weekend. The ensemble is directed by Linda Martin, Luther instructor in music.

The Luther Ringers was formed in 2008 and are regularly featured in solo performances and as part of the annual Christmas at Luther program. The ensemble rings five octaves of Schulmerich Handbells and six octaves of Malmark Handchimes, all of which were donated to Luther by Blanche Kangas of Spokane, Wash. The 13-member choir, chosen by audition each year, is directed by Gregory Peterson, Luther associate professor of music and college organist.