Wisconsin Lutheran College choirs to preview
international tour program in Wisconsin
Date posted: January 25, 2013
MILWAUKEE – The Wisconsin Lutheran Choir and Chamber Choir, of Wisconsin Lutheran College, will tour Wisconsin in March of 2013. Between March 1 and 3, the choirs will perform concerts in Greenville (Appleton area), Baraboo, and Lannon.
During their Wisconsin Weekend Tour, the choirs will present a diverse program of sacred and secular choral works in original languages. Repertoire will include Cry Out and Shout by Norwegian composer Knut Nystedt; "The Spheres," the first movement (Kyrie) from Ola Gjeilo's "Sunrise" Mass; and Welsh composer Paul Mealor's Ubi Caritas, which was premiered at the royal wedding of His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales with Miss Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey.
The Chamber Choir set will feature songs by American masters including Norman Dello Joio's raucous Of Crows and Clusters; Frank Ticheli's From the Sea; Morten Lauridsen's madrigal Ove, Lass' Il Bel Viso?; and The Day is Done by Stephen Paulus. The program will conclude with a sampler of music from two American traditions by the Wisconsin Lutheran Choir, including the spiritual Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel? and Weeping Mary, from the shape-note genre, and the choir's signature encore, Abide with Me.
Repertoire is selected from the 2013 UK and Ireland Concert Tour program. The choirs will travel overseas in May to perform in notable venues in Stratford-upon-Avon, England’s Peak District, Dublin, Kilkenny, Cork, Limerick, and Milwaukee’s Irish sister city, Galway.
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 is committed to excellence in performance and to broadening audience awareness of and appreciation for choral music from the Renaissance to the Twenty-First Century. This disciplined undergraduate ensemble is comprised of 68 young adults who represent a wide variety of academic majors and minors at Wisconsin Lutheran College.
The tour concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the number listed for each location on the itinerary (below). An image library is available at www.wlc.edu/choir.
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
2013 Wisconsin Weekend Tour
Friday, March 1 – 7 p.m. concert
Immanuel Lutheran Church
W7265 School Road
Greenville, WI 54942
For information, call 920.757.5639.
Saturday, March 2 – 7 p.m. concert
St. John's Lutheran Church
624 East Street
Baraboo, WI 53913
For information, call 608.355.3870.
Sunday, March 3 - 3:30 p.m. concert
St. John's Lutheran Church
20851 West Main Street
For information, call 262.251.2910.