WLC choirs to tour United Kingdom and Ireland
Date posted: March 22, 2013
MILWAUKEE – On May 19, the Wisconsin Lutheran Choir and Chamber Choir of Wisconsin Lutheran College will embark on a 15-day performance tour through England and Ireland.
During the 2013 United Kingdom and Ireland Concert Tour, the choirs will present a diverse program of sacred and secular choral works in original languages. The first half of the program will feature choral masterworks and contemporary settings of standard literature, including Henry Purcell's Hear My Prayer, O Lord; "The Spheres," from Ola Gjeilo's Sunrise Mass; Frank Martin's "Sanctus" from Mass for Double Choir; 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 24-voice Chamber Choir will feature songs by American composers including Aaron Copland's Las Agachadas; Eric Whitacre's Sleep My Child; and She’ll be Comin' Round the Mountain, Emma Lou Diemer's witty arrangement of the traditional American folk song. The program will conclude with a sampler of choral music from two contrasting but distinctly American traditions, including the spiritual Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel? arranged by Moses Hogan; Love is Little arranged by Kevin Siegfried; and Brad Holmes' arrangement of Weeping Mary, from the "Sacred Harp" collection. Optional selections include Michael McGlynn's Dúlamán and the choir’s signature encore hymn, Abide with Me, arranged by Lucy Hirt.
The concert tour will conclude with a performance at the historic Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas in Milwaukee's sister city, Galway, Ireland. For more information about the choir visit www.wlc.edu/choir or facebook.com/WisconsinLutheranChoir.
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 College, 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 more than 60 young Christian adults who represent a wide variety of academic majors and minors at Wisconsin Lutheran College.
Annual performance tours are a tradition for Dr. Nowack and the Wisconsin Lutheran Choir. The ensemble travels abroad every four years and has performed at notable venues including London's St. Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square and La Madeleine in Paris, France.
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 United Kingdom and Ireland Tour
Friday, May 3 at 8 p.m.
and Saturday, May 4 at 8 p.m.
Wisconsin Lutheran College
Center for Arts and Performance Schwan Concert Hall
8815 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Reserve free tickets
Wednesday, May 22 at 7 p.m.
St. Mary's Church
Bury St. Edmunds
Friday, May 24 at 12 p.m.
Holy Trinity Church
Saturday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Monday, May 27 at 12:30 p.m.
St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin
St. Patrick's Close
Tuesday, May 28 at 5:00 p.m.
The Cathedral Church of St. Canice
The Close, Coach Road
Kilkenny City, Ireland
Wednesday, May 29 at 1:00 p.m.
St. Fin Barre's Cathedral
Thursday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m.
St. Saviour's Church
Saturday, June 1 at 8:00 p.m.
The Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas