WELS Youth Chorale to perform free concert June 20

Home concert features premiere of composition by WLC alumnus

MILWAUKEE – The WELS Youth Chorale, under the direction of Jon Laabs, will conclude its 2012 summer tour to the west coast with a home concert on Wednesday, June 20 at 8 p.m. in Wisconsin Lutheran College's Schwan Concert Hall.

The performance is free and open to the public; tickets are not required. The Schwan Concert Hall is located in the college's Center for Arts and Performance, 8815 W. Wisconsin Avenue.

The concert, which is themed "For the Beauty of the Earth," will feature the premiere of Jubal's Vision, written by 2007 Wisconsin Lutheran College alumnus J. Richard Freese. The work was commissioned by and is dedicated to the WELS Youth Ensembles.

Jubal's Vision refers to the Biblical figure of Jubal, listed in Genesis 4:21 as "the father of all who play the harp and flute." Outside of this brief description, not much is known about Jubal; however, he is considered to be the first to construct and perform musical instruments.

"The text is taken from George Eliot's The Legend of Jubal (1869), a large-scale narrative poem in which Jubal is inspired to create music and share it with the descendants of Cain and Seth," said Freese. "My setting takes of a portion of the text where Jubal envisions the possible existence and implementation of music. While Eliot's poem provides only a speculative account, its rich and vivid imagery creates a brilliant setting to depict the first musician."

The WELS Youth Chorale and Wind Ensemble, sister groups that together form WELS Youth Ensembles, were established in 2007 to give motivated high school musicians extra-curricular opportunities "to serve Christ as living voices of the Gospel through the pursuit of excellence in music."

The organization operates in partnership with Wisconsin Lutheran College as a Music Department outreach program. For more information about the WELS Youth Ensembles, email

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