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Concordia Seminary Chorus Announces Spring Tour

The Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Chorus, under the direction of Rev. Henry V. Gerike, will visit Lutheran churches in Missouri, Californiaand Nevada on its 2005 Spring Tour. The Chorus will provide evening sacred concerts which will include prayer, Scripture reading and congregational singing. In two congregations, the Chorus will offer vocal selections during Sunday morning worship services.

The itinerary for the Chorus’ 2005 Spring Tour is as follows:

February 13, 2005, 3:00 p.m.
Village Lutheran Church
Ladue, Missouri

February 20, 2005, 10:30 a.m.
Cordova Lutheran Church
Rancho Cordova, California

February 20, 2005, 7:00 p.m.
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Carson City, Nevada

February 21, 2005, 7:00 p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Merced, California

February 22, 2005, 7:00 p.m.
St. Philip Lutheran Church
Dublin, California

February 23, 2005, 7:00 p.m.
St. John Lutheran Church
Napa, California

February 24, 2005, 7:30 p.m.
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
Fremont, California

February 25, 2005, 7:30 p.m.
St. Andrew Lutheran Church
Stockton, California

February 26, 2005, 7:00 p.m.
Zion Lutheran Church
San Francisco, California

February 27, 2005, 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
West Portal Lutheran Church
San Francisco, California

February 27, 2005, 4:30 p.m.
Grace Lutheran Church
San Mateo, California

February 28, 2005, 7:00 p.m.
Faith Lutheran Church
Fair Oaks, California

March 13, 2005, 3:30 p.m.
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Perryville, Missouri

“This will be the first time that the Seminary Chorus will spend such a concentrated time in one geographic region, that of northern California,” commented Gerike. “We look forward to worshiping with other Lutherans in that area as we present Evening Prayer for the time of Lent.”

Over the past 17 years, the Chorus has traveled in 35 states (including Alaska) and in Canada on its tours. Tours usually span a weekend in Advent and nearly two weeks in the spring. The Seminary Chorus plans to tour Germany in May 2005 and will perform sacred concerts in sister congregations of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

Over the past 13 years, the Chorus has released nine recordings in CD and cassette formats. The most recent recording, released in fall 2004, is “Gentle Stranger,” featuring music for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany. Chorus recordings will be available for purchase following the concerts. They are also available from the Concordia Seminary bookstore. CDs cost $15, and cassettes cost $10, plus shipping and handling. To order, call the Concordia Seminary bookstore at (314) 505-7315.