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National Lutheran Choir to Perform at Concordia Seminary

The National Lutheran Choir will perform its touring hymn festival Friday, March 12, 2010, at 7:30 p.m., at The Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus on the Concordia Seminary campus, located at 801 Seminary Place, St. Louis, Mo., 63105.

“To Everything There is a Season” is a creative concert/service combining the voices of all who assemble in hymnody, and choral literature performed by the National Lutheran Choir, meaningfully knit together by reflections written and spoken by Susan Palo Cherwien. David Cherwien serves as conductor and organist.

Choral music sung by the choir includes John Tavener’s You Mantle Yourself with Light (from Five Anthems from the Veil of the Temple), Timothy Takach’s Neither Angels, Nor Demons, Charles Villiers Stanford’s Beati Quorum Via, Larry Fleming’s Lord of the Dance, and Bach’s Dona nobis pacem (from Mass in B Minor). Interspersed between the choral works are hymns, sung by all, and reflections written and spoken by Susan Cherwien. Included will be Paul Manz-style organ improvisations relative to the texts offered by David Cherwien.

The National Lutheran Choir is a 60-voice ensemble dedicated to strengthening, renewing, and preserving the heritage of sacred choral music through the highest standards of performance and literature. The choir performs works from the entire spectrum of sacred choral music, with and without instrumental accompaniment. This rich and diverse repertoire ranges from early chant to new compositions and from simple folk anthems to complex choral masterworks.

In addition to a regular series of annual concerts in and around the Twin Cities, the National Lutheran Choir regularly tours the Upper Midwest and throughout the United States, conducts workshops in choral techniques, hymnody and liturgy, commissions new works, produces high quality recordings and is heard over the Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media broadcast network and KFUO AM and KFUO Classical99 stations.

David Cherwien, artistic conductor of the choir, is a nationally known conductor, composer, and organist. Recognized for his contributions to the field of church music and liturgy, he is in demand as a clinician and hymn festival leader across the country.

Tickets for this performance are $20 for adults, $15 group (of 10 or more) and $10 for students and are available by contacting the National Lutheran Choir, 888-747-4589. Order tickets online at www.nlca.com. Tickets will be available at the door.

For further information about the National Lutheran Choir call 612-722-2301 or visit www.nlca.com.