Luther College Nordic Choir in Rockford Feb. 2

DECORAH, Iowa—The Luther College Nordic Choir, one of the nation’s premier college choirs, will perform at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 3300 Rural St.

This concert is part of a five-state tour with Craig Arnold, Luther professor of music and director of choral activities, in his inaugural year conducting the Nordic Choir.

The concert performance by the 72-member Nordic Choir is open to the public. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students. For tickets, call (815) 399-0531. Tickets will also be available for sale at the door.

The concert will showcase a variety of sacred works, both a cappella and accompanied selections. Works featured by Hassler, Randall Thompson, Vaughan Williams, Gretchaninoff, Stroope, Tschesnokoff and Moses Hogan, will be showcased.

The Rockford concert is part of the Nordic Choir’s tour of the U.S. Midwest. The choir tours annually, and has performed in major concert halls in the United States and central and eastern Europe.

Arnold returns to Luther having served on its music faculty in the early 1980s. At that time, he founded the musical celebration now known as Christmas at Luther, along with four of the college’s current vocal music ensembles.

Prior to his return to Luther, he was music director of Manhattan Concert Productions and conductor of the New York City Chorale and Chamber Orchestra. He previously served as director of choral activities at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, and at Luther’s sister institution, Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Arnold holds a doctorate in conducting from the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, N.Y.

Luther is a selective, four-year college in northeast Iowa. The college has an enrollment of 2,600 students, and has a long tradition of outstanding instrumental and vocal music programs.

From the Feb. 1-7, 2006, issue

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