The schedule is out for next year’s Concordia Choir and it looks packed! Some highlights of the upcoming school year will be the Homecoming concert in October, the Christmas Concerts in December, and the domestic tour to the southwestern United States. Next year will also be a big year for the choir with two additional events which will take place at the end of the year. The first new event will be the opening performance of Dr. Clausen’s Reformation. For this the students will have a performance in Orchestra Hall and a performance in Memorial Auditorium. Once students have completed their school year, The Concordia Choir will travel to Germany for a two-week period of touring. While in Europe students will be performing in places such as Augsburg, Leipzig, Salzburg, and Vienna. The trip offers many opportunities for students to see the area. Once students are back in the United States, this will then conclude the performance season of the 2016-17 year. I am looking forward to next year and the great experiences I will be able to have thanks to this program. The choir has so many opportunities to perform next year that I know the choir will have to step up to the challenge. It is sure to be a great year of performing with each other and I can’t wait to see what it brings.
This afternoon the choirs of the Concordia Music Department will have their first rehearsal with conductor, Foster Beyers, for this season’s masterworks concert. This rehearsal is crucial so the choir knows what the intent of the conductor is with each section of the mass before the orchestra joins us.
This year the music department will be performing Ludwig van Beethoven’s Mass in C Major featuring four soloists. Three of the soloists are Concordia’s own voice professors, Dr. Anne Jennifer Nash, Dr. Holly Janz, and Dr. David Hamilton. The fourth soloist will be guest artist, Eric H. Olson.
As the number of rehearsals dwindles down, the Concordia Orchestra and all five choirs will transform this work from notes on a page into a beautiful performance. The performance will be on Sunday, April 17th at 7:00pm in Memorial Auditorium. The performance is open to the public and tickets are free. Please come and enjoy an evening with the Concordia Orchestra, Concordia’s five choirs, as well as the four soloists, as we perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Mass in C Major.
This evening the American Spiritual Ensemble will perform at 8:00pm in Memorial Auditorium. This is a performance you won’t want to miss! This evening the members of this ensemble will also make a quick stop to greet the choirs of Concordia College while we are rehearsing and give us a preview of the types of music they would be performing. These professional singers have a full, rich, vibrant and passionate sound. The group’s mission aims to keep the American Negro Spiritual music alive and do this by featuring only this time of music in their program. Their music is full of emotion and depth. While listening to it you can’t help but be engaged in their presentation of the music.
I am delighted to say that I will have the opportunity to watch the concert tonight along with my fellow Cobbers and the public. This is sure to be an experience unlike any other. Tonight’s show by these professional singers will be a performance that I know I will enjoy listening to as they bring me back to an early time in American history.
This past weekend I treated myself to an outing at the movie theater. My friend and I decided to go and see something light and fun, and determined Zootopia was the movie for us. Zootopia is Disney’s latest release and it is quite the kid movie. The film features a community of animals, both predators and prey, all living in harmony. Then suddenly something causes the predators to turn on their friends and turn “wild.” On the scene to investigate is the first ever rabbit officer, Judy Hopps, and her friend, Nick Wilde, who is actually a small time con artist who turned over a new leaf to help Judy take on the mystery. Judy Hopps proves to herself, and to her fellow officers, she can do anything even while being a small little bunny. She is determined to figure out why the predators are turning “wild.”
The movie offers many light hearted jokes as well as an inspiring story of a character beating the odds to follow their dreams. The moving is very family friendly so if you are looking for something to do this weekend consider Zootopia and have a good laugh.
April at Concordia College is also known as recital season. It is this time of the year when the music department is at its busiest. During the month of April students are completing their senior and junior recitals and has been estimated around twenty recitals occur during this month alone.
The first weekend in April will feature three music majors, Sadie Cheslak, Nathan Thelen, and David Jensen. David Jensen, a senior, will be performing on viola, while Sadie Cheslak and Nathan Thelen will be singing in their junior recitals.
The following weekend, April 16th will feature three singers, Nathan Lindgren, Lily Mackenzie-Olson, and Sarah Waller. Nathan will sing a full recital himself while Lily and Sarah will perform in a recital together.
Each concert showcases performers on the music they have worked incredibly hard on throughout their time at Concordia College. Recitals can have as many as five sets, with four to six pieces of music in each set. For a music major that is a lot of time spent working to perfect your music. If you are looking to spend your weekend surrounded by music, come and listen to these wonderful performers. They will surely provide you with a performance you will not forget.