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Wisconsin Lutheran College choirs present European tour home concerts

Date Posted: March 26, 2009

MILWAUKEE – The Wisconsin Lutheran Choir and Chamber Choir of Wisconsin Lutheran College will present two home performances of their 2009 European Concert Tour program on Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25 at 8 p.m. in the Schwan Concert Hall. In May, the choirs will travel to England, France, Luxembourg and Germany for both formal and informal performances.

The choirs will present a diverse, a capella program of sacred and secular choral music in original languages. Works to be performed include Orlando Gibbons' O Clap Your Hands, Morten Lauridsen's exquisite O Nata Lux and J.S. Bach's Nun lob mein Seel den Herren (My Soul, now Bless Thy Maker). The second set contains works by Felix Mendolssohn Bartholdy, György Orbán, Józef Swider and Arvo Pärt. The Chamber Choir will present an American music sampler including Williametta Spencer's At the Round Earth's Imagined Corners, Stephen Paulus' The Old Church and Eric Whitacre's I thank you God for most this amazing day. The four-part program concludes with arrangements of favorite hymns and spirituals including God is Seen by Alice Parker, Elijah Rock by Moses Hogan, F. Melius Christiansen's beloved  Praise to the Lord and the Wisconsin Lutheran Choir's signature piece Abide With Me 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, respectively, 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. Representing talented, dedicated young adults from across the nation, the choir is comprised of 68 full-time undergraduate students who represent majors from across WLC's curriculum.  

The Schwan Concert Hall is located in the Center for Arts and Performance, 8815 West Wisconsin Avenue. For more information or to purchase tickets call the box office at (414) 443-8802 or visit wlc.edu/arts.

Wisconsin Lutheran College is a Christian liberal arts college located on the west side of Milwaukee.