Spring Concert Tour announced for choirs

Date posted: February 8, 2011

MILWAUKEE – The Wisconsin Lutheran Choir and Chamber Choir of Wisconsin Lutheran College will tour Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin March 12 through March 20. The choirs also will perform a tour preview concert and home concert as part of their 2011 Midwest Concert Tour.

The choirs will present a diverse, mostly a capella program of sacred and secular choral works in original languages. Works include Rene Clausen's Laudate, Thomas Tallis's If Ye Love Me, and Stephen Paulus' Hymn to the Eternal Flame. Randall Thompson's Ye Shall Have a Song, Eric Whitacre's meditative hope, faith, life, love, and F. Melius Christiansen's stirring arrangement of Philipp Nicolai's beloved hymn Wake, Awake highlight twentieth-century settings by American composers.

The Chamber Choir set features songs of love and renewal, including Gerald Finzi's joyful My Spirit Sang All Day. William Hawley's Io son la Primavera paints a picture of spring with cascading harmonies. Z. Randall Stroope's lush Amor de mi Alma for piano and choir, Steven Sametz' I Have Had Singing, and the wordless Voice Dance, a celebration of the human voice by Greg Jasperse, round out the set. The program concludes with favorite hymns and spirituals by the Wisconsin Lutheran Choir.

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. The choir was recently featured in a one-hour Christmas special on Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV). A disciplined ensemble of dedicated young adults from across the nation, the choir is comprised of 58 full-time undergraduate students who represent a wide variety of academic majors and minors.

The concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, contact each host church.

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

Wisconsin Lutheran Choir & Chamber Choir 2011 Midwest Concert Tour

Tour Preview Concert
Sunday, February 27 - 3 p.m.
Bethlehem Lutheran Church - Germantown Campus
N108 W14290 Bel Aire Lane
Germantown, WI
For information, call 262.251.3555
Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Saturday, March 12 – 7 p.m. Concert
Lunda Theatre
1202 Pierce Street
Black River Falls, WI
Presented by Faith Lutheran Church of Black River Falls
For information, call 715.284.0772
Faith Lutheran Church

Sunday, March 13 – 7 p.m. Concert
St. Paul's Lutheran Church
1201 Main Street
Onalaska, WI
For information, call 608.783.2552
St. Paul's Lutheran 

Monday, March 14 – 7 p.m. Concert
St. Paul Lutheran Church
315 9th Street S.
St. James, MN
For information, call 507.375.3636
St. Paul Lutheran 

Tuesday, March 15 – 7 p.m. Concert
Christ Lutheran Church
2475 17th Avenue East
North Saint Paul, MN
For information, call 651.777.5771
Christ Lutheran

Thursday, March 17 – 7 p.m. Worship Concert
St. Andrew Lutheran Church
6815 Schneider Road
Middleton, WI
For information, call 608.831.8540
St. Andrew Lutheran 

Friday, March 18 – 7 p.m. Concert
Faith Lutheran Church
24300 W. Grass Lake Road
Antioch, IL
For information, call 847.395.1660
Faith Lutheran

Saturday, March 19 – 3 p.m. Concert 
St. Andrew Lutheran Church
3659 S. Honore Street
Chicago, IL
For information, call 773.376.5370
St. Andrew Lutheran 

Sunday, March 20 – 8 p.m. Concert Tickets Required
Center for Arts and Performance
Wisconsin Lutheran College
8815 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI
For information and tickets, call 414.443.8802
Wisconsin Lutheran College