Luther College Nordic Choir to perform in Kenosha


Please see the release below from Luther College. Students from KUSD will be taking part in the culminating performance. Please see below for information on how to attend:

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Luther College Nordic Choir to perform in Kenosha

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at Indian Trail High School

DECORAH, Iowa –The Luther College Nordic Choir, one of the premier collegiate choral ensembles in the United States, will be in Kenosha as part of their 2020 Winter Tour. Don't miss their performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at Indian Trail High School, 6800 60th St.

McKenna Ruchti, Luther class of 2020, from Kenosha is a member of Nordic Choir and will be performing.

Under the direction of Andrew Last, associate professor of music and director of choral activities, the program showcases a varied repertoire that includes Giovanni Gabrieli's "Angelus Domini," Paul J. Christiansen's "I Heard a Great Voice" and excerpts from Craig Hella Johnson's "Considering Matthew Shepard." The concert will conclude with the traditional Nordic Choir closing piece, "O Lord God" by Pavel Chesnokov with an invitation to alumni of the choir to join the ensemble on stage.  

Audience members can also look forward to a culminating performance of the Dorian Choral Invitational Festival, including invited appearances by choirs from Muskego High School, Waterford Union High School, Tremper High School and Indian Trail High School.

The concert is open to the public. Tickets will cost $5 at the door, only cash or check will be accepted.

Nordic Choir is Luther's principal touring choir in a choral program that is made up of three upper-class mixed touring choirs and two first-year choirs. Acclaimed for the way it honors the Lutheran choral tradition while also featuring new and innovative choral works, Nordic Choir showcases versatility, artistry and technical mastery across many genres of music.

The choir tours annually, performing in churches of all denominations, schools and concert halls, including Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Internationally, the ensemble has toured in Germany, Italy, England, Ireland, Scandinavia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Russia and Eastern Europe. In 2021, Nordic Choir will make its first tour to South Africa.

Since 2017, Nordic Choir has been under the direction of Andrew Last. Last, a 1997 Luther alumnus, earned a master's degree in choral conducting from Northern Arizona University and a Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music.

Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation, with five choirs, three orchestras, three bands, two jazz bands and nearly 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. More than 275 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance. For more information about Luther's music department, visit https://www.luther.edu/music/.