Wisconsin Lutheran College choirs host home concert March 19

Date Posted: March 4, 2010

MILWAUKEE – The Wisconsin Lutheran Choir and Chamber Choir of Wisconsin Lutheran College will present a home performance of their 2010 Spring Concert Tour program on Friday, March 19 at 8 p.m. in the Schwan Concert Hall.

The Wisconsin Lutheran Choir will present a diverse, mostly a capella program of sacred and secular choral works in original languages. Works include Knut Nystedt's I Will Greatly Rejoice!, William Byrd's Agnus Dei (from Mass for Four Voices), and Edvard Grieg's Our Father. Latin settings by American composers include Z. Randall Stroope's emotional Lamentations of Jeremiah, J. Aaron McDermid's Te Lucis Ante Terminum, and Greg Knauf’s rhythmically complex Gloria.

The Chamber Choir will perform Eric Whitacre's exquisite Five Hebrew Love Songs with string quintet and Animal Crackers, choral settings of Ogden Nash's playful verses. The program in four parts concludes with favorite hymns and spirituals, including arrangements by Harry T. Burleigh, F. Melius Christiansen, and Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory, and the Wisconsin Lutheran Choir's signature Abide With Me, arranged by Lucy Hirt.

Dr. James Nowack, director of choral activities at Wisconsin Lutheran College since 1994, holds master of music degrees in piano performance and choral conducting from Kent State University and the University of Minnesota and a doctor of musical arts from the University of Iowa. In addition to teaching and directing at Wisconsin Lutheran, Nowack serves as guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator at conferences and conventions on a regional and national basis.

Under Nowack’s direction, the Wisconsin Lutheran Choir has developed a unified voice and a respected presence in the Midwest. A disciplined ensemble of dedicated young adults from across the nation, the choir is comprised of 67 full-time undergraduate students who represent a wide variety of academic majors and minors.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call the WLC box office at (414) 443-8802 or visit

Wisconsin Lutheran College is an independent Christian college in Milwaukee that is recognized for its academic excellence and Christian leadership tenets.