Luther College Nordic Choir To Perform At Lee University Jan. 25

Thursday, January 17, 2013
Luther College Nordic Choir
Luther College Nordic Choir

Luther College Nordic Choir, one of the top college choirs in the nation, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, in the Conn Center at Lee University. 

Nordic Choir, founded in 1946, enjoys national and international acclaim as a premier collegiate choral ensemble in the United States. Allen Hightower, director of choral activities and professor of music at Luther, is the conductor of Nordic Choir, preceded by Craig Arnold and the 57-year tenure of Weston Noble.

The 2013 Nordic Choir tour will include a cappella works "A Spotless Rose" by Paul Mealor, “Praise to the Lord” arranged by F. Melius Christiansen, and "Go Lovely Rose" by Eric Whitacre. Other composers featured on the program will be Bach, Jennings, and Schütz, as well as hymn-arrangements and spirituals. 

The concert is part of Nordic Choir's tour of the East Coast. The choir tours annually and has performed around the world, appearing in Norway, Ireland, England, Germany, Russia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, the Baltic countries, Mexico and the Caribbean. The choir has also appeared throughout the United States, performing in well-known concert halls as Lincoln Center in N.Y. and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the world, with six choirs, three bands, three orchestras, two jazz bands and numerous chamber ensembles, totaling nearly 1,000 student musicians. Luther's students perform in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. More than 300 music majors study music theory/ear training, history, education, composition, church music and performance. 

The performance by the 78-member Nordic Choir is open to the public.  Tickets are $10 ($5 for students and seniors) and available at 614-8343.

For more information about this or upcoming concerts, contact the School of Music at 614-8240 or

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