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Wisconsin Lutheran Choir to Tour in March

February 11, 2019

Band practice

MILWAUKEE - The Wisconsin Lutheran Choir and Chamber Choir of Wisconsin Lutheran College, under the direction of Dr. James A. Nowack, will perform six concerts in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin from March 9-16. The 2019 Spring Tour will conclude with a home concert in Wisconsin Lutheran College's Schwan Concert Hall on Sunday, March 17.

2018-2019 Wisconsin Lutheran Choir

The inspirational concert program features sacred choral works spanning several periods and genres. Wisconsin Lutheran Choir repertoire includes Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs  by Karl Heinrich Graun, The Conversion of Saul by Z. Randall Stroope, and Even When He Is Silent by Kim André Arnesen. A program highlight is John Muehleisen's “Can I See Another's Woe?” (from Pietà ), based on William Blake's masterpiece of compassion, On Another's Sorrow, sung to the familiar chorale tune “Jesu, meine Freude” from Bach's motet of the same name, BWV 227.

The 24-voice Chamber Choir will perform sacred repertoire, including Cantique de Jean Racine by Gabriel Fauré, Dominick Argento's “So I'll Sing with my Voice” (from Spirituals and Swedish Chorales), and Knut Nystedt's Immortal Bach, a work derived from the chorale “Come, Sweet Death” that celebrates the timelessness of Bach's music. 


2019 Spring Concert Tour

Concerts are free and open to the public. For concert information, call the number listed for each location.

SATURDAY, MARCH 9
2:30 p.m. Concert
First Lutheran Church
1101 Logan Street
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
262.248.3374

SUNDAY, MARCH 10
7:00 p.m. Concert
Trinity Lutheran Church
1393 Elizabeth Street
Crete, Illinois
708.672.8125

MONDAY, MARCH 11
7:00 p.m. Concert
Martin Luther Lutheran Church
10151 Sappington Road
St. Louis, Missouri
314.843.2323

THURSDAY, MARCH 14
7:00 p.m. Concert
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
8051 EP True Parkway
West Des Moines, Iowa
515.225.4392

FRIDAY, MARCH 15
7:00 p.m. Concert
Chapel Auditorium
Luther High School 
1501 Wilson Street
Onalaska, Wisconsin
608.783.5435

SATURDAY, MARCH 16
3:00 p.m. Concert
St. Paul's Lutheran Church
301 South High Street
Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
920.563.2263

SUNDAY, MARCH 17
2:30 p.m. Home Concert
Center for Arts and Performance
Wisconsin Lutheran College
8815 West Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
414.443.8802
Free; tickets required


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 WLC, 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. The choir is committed to excellence in performance and to broadening audience awareness of and appreciation for choral music from the Renaissance to the 21st century. This disciplined undergraduate ensemble is comprised of young adults who represent a wide variety of academic majors and minors at Wisconsin Lutheran College.


Wisconsin Lutheran College is an independent, nationally ranked Christian college in Milwaukee that serves 1,200 traditional undergraduate, adult, and graduate students through its on-campus, on-location, and online programming. The college, which prepares students for lives of Christian leadership, is recognized for its academic excellence and superior student experience.