The Concordia Choir Home Concert
Feb 19, 2009
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
GORDON MOE, associate director, Music Organizations
(218) 299-3285, Ext. 339
AMY KELLY, Media Relations director
THE CONCORDIA CHOIR TOUR PRESENTS HOME CONCERT
The Concordia Choir will present a Home Concert at 4 p.m., Sunday, March 8 in Memorial Auditorium, Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn. The concert is free and open to the public.
The concert concludes the choir’s 2009 tour which includes stops in Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma, Wash.; Portland, Ore.; Vancouver, British Columbia; and Honolulu and Kahului, Hawaii.
Dr. René Clausen conducts the 72-voice a cappella choir in ethnic pieces ranging from Hawaiian to Russian and several spirituals and hymns. In a wide-reaching quest to reconcile various musical styles, Clausen has selected a diverse program for the 2009 tour for what will be one of the most ambitious tour programs The Concordia Choir has ever performed.
Audiences will be stunned by the precision and technical accuracy as the students sing the polyphonic tapestry of J.S. Bach’s “Singet Dem Herrn.” After a performance of two Marian motets of contrasting styles, Clausen will conduct a spirited rendition of Randall Thompson’s “Have Ye Not Known” and “Ye Shall Have a Song.”
The second set is filled with the dense and soulful music of Russian composers including Alfred Schnittke’s powerfully mesmerizing “Choral Concerto” and a soaring tenor solo in Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Nunc Dimitis” from his masterwork, “All-Night Vigil.” Eric Whitacre’s “Lux Aurumque” will close the set. The third set will rouse the audience with tunes from across the globe including African folk tunes and pieces inspired by native Hawaiian culture and in the final set, the choir will return to their roots performing favorite hymns and spirituals.
Touring nationally and internationally, the choir has performed in nearly every major hall in the United States and continues to affirm its reputation as one of the nation’s finest a cappella choirs.
Concordia College is a four-year liberal arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America offering 78 majors, including 18 honors majors, and 12 preprofessional programs.