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Bach's "Ein feste Burg" and Music of Early Lutheran Masters

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 7:00pm
Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 7:00pm
Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 4:00pm
500 years ago, Martin Luther initiated an ongoing process of reformation, and the music of the Church evolved in significant ways. Luther's colleague, Johann Walther (1496-1570), was among the first Lutheran composers following the Reformation. Subsequent Lutheran composers include Heinrich Schutz (1585-1682) and Michael Praetorius (1571-1621). Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) is perhaps the most prominent Lutheran composer of all time. Music from these masters will be included in this concert, with a focus on Bach's "Cantata 80, Ein feste Burg is unser Gott (A Mighty Fortress is Our God)," based on Luther's most widely-known hymn.

2017 Gala: A Celebration in Song

Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 4:30pm

Join us for the 2017 National Lutheran Choir Gala: "A Celebration in Song!" The 64 members of the National Lutheran Choir, board members and staff invite YOU to our most highly anticipated event of the year! The evening begins with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by a delicious dinner, a performance by the National Lutheran Choir, and, perhaps the most entertaining part of the event: the live auction! The evening concludes with one thing that moves and unites us all - song. Come and join us for "A Celebration in Song!" (Scroll down to register.)
 
Sunday, April 23, 2017
4:30pm - 8:00pm

National Lutheran Choir Announces Reformation Commission

Major work commissioned from Norwegian composer, Kim André Arnesen
 
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, March 1, 2016 – The National Lutheran Choir (NLC) – www.nlca.com - announces the commission of a major choral-instrumental work, “Holy Spirit Mass,” to receive its world premiere in October 2017. Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen has been commissioned to write this significant new work in commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
 
The new work, titled “Holy Spirit Mass,” will be scored for SATB chorus and 16 instruments and will have an anticipated duration of 35-45 minutes.
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