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Wisconsin Lutheran Choir Toured in March

March 17, 2019

Band practice

MILWAUKEE - The Wisconsin Lutheran Choir and Chamber Choir of Wisconsin Lutheran College, under the direction of Dr. James A. Nowack, performed six concerts in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin from March 9-16. The 2019 Spring Tour concluded 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 featured sacred choral works spanning several periods and genres. The 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 performed 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2:30 p.m. Home Concert
Center for Arts and Performance
Wisconsin Lutheran College
8815 West Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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.