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Luther College Nordic Choir to perform tour homecoming concert Feb. 8


Mon, Feb 7th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa - Luther College Nordic Choir, one of the top college choirs in the nation, will perform Tuesday, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther campus.

The performance by the 64-member Nordic Choir is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Nordic Choir, founded in 1946, enjoys national and international acclaim as a premier collegiate choral ensemble in the United States.

The 2011 Nordic Choir tour will include a cappella works "Hosanna to the Son of David," by Orlando Gibbons, "O Sacrum Convivium" by Thomas Tallis, "Caritas Et Amor" by Z. Randall Stroope, "Richte Mich, Gott" by Felix Mendelssohn and "Sanctus" from "Messe" by Francis Poulenc.

The program has works for choir and organ, featuring Gregory Peterson, Luther organ professor, including "Festival Te Deum" by Benjamin Britten, "Like as the Hart Desireth the Waterbrooks" by Herbert Howells and "Lass Dich Nur Nichts Nicht Dauren" by Johannes Brahms.

Folk songs and spirituals will round out the choral program, promising something for every listener. The concert is part of the Nordic Choir's tour of the Upper Midwest. The choir tours annually and has performed around the world, appearing in Norway, England, Germany, Russia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, the Baltic countries, Mexico and the Caribbean. Nordic Choir has also appeared throughout the United States, performing in such well-known concert halls as Lincoln Center in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Allen Hightower is the conductor of the Nordic Choir, director of choral activities and professor of music at Luther. The previous conductor of the Nordic Choir, Craig Arnold, followed the 57-year tenure of Weston Noble.

Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the world with six choirs, three bands, three orchestras, two jazz bands and numerous chamber ensembles, totaling nearly 1,000 student musicians.

Luther's students perform in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. More than 350 music majors study music theory/ear training, history, education, composition, church music and performance.

Norwegian biologist to speak at Owl Festival in Houston

Mon, Feb 7th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

The banquet at the 9th Annual International Festival of Owls may not be serving lutefisk and lefse, but it will feature a keynote presentation by Roar Solheim, senior curator of zoology at Agder Museum of Natural History and Botanical Gardens in Kri ..... 
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Land stewardship project one-act play premiers this winter in SE MN

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

A new play will premier in eight southeast Minnesota church social halls and community theatres this winter with a performance in Chatfield at St. Mary's Catholic Church on Sunday, February 20th. Produced by the Land Stewardship Project, the play is ..... 
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Songs of the season favorites airs Christmas Day

Fri, Dec 17th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

A musically Merry Christmas is in store for all, when KFIL-FM 103.1 airs "SONGS OF THE SEASON FAVORITES" on Christmas Day! This special broadcast, featuring highlights recorded during past concerts at the Val-A Lodge, will begin at 5:30 pm, and is s ..... 
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SEMAC awards arts grants

Sat, Dec 4th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

On November 16, 2010, the board of directors of the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc. (SEMAC) awarded 29 grants for a total of $166,240 in funding to applicants throughout southeastern Minnesota. This included fourteen Presenter/Production A ..... 
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Lanesboro Community Theater proudly presents its winter play reading series

Sat, Dec 4th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Have you ever thought about joining a book club, but don't have the time to read the book ahead of time to participate in the discussion? Has the thought of participating in community theater intrigued you, but you weren't sure if it would be right ..... 
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Holiday movie at the Commonweal Theatre

Sat, Dec 4th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MINN. - The Commonweal Theatre and the Fillmore House Bed and Breakfast, located in historic downtown Lanesboro, offer a free movie screening of the 2003 holiday comedy Elf - starring Will Ferrell, James Caan, and Zooey Deschanel. Buddy t ..... 
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Preston Area Community Foundation Grant

Sat, Dec 4th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Preston Area Community Foundation awarded a grant to the Commonweal Theatre during their 2010 season. It allowed residents and employees of the Preston area free admission to attend five plays on specific nights during 2010. Over 700 people atte ..... 
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Habitat for Humanity Quilts

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

We wanted to let you know about a wonderful project that is currently taking place in our area. In an amazing display of friendship and support, two beautiful quilts are being made for two families who will soon be moving into homes they will purcha ..... 
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