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Choral TuneUp 2017

Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 9:00am
TuneUp your church choir with Dr. Lee Nelson and the National Lutheran Choir!
Online registration is now closed. Please call the NLC office at 612-722-2301 if you are interested in attending.
As part of its mission to support church musicians, the National Lutheran Choir offers a Choral TuneUp program, in which church choirs and their directors come together to learn music and work on choral technique alongside the NLC. Emphasis is placed on helping choirs prepare specific pieces for presentation in their own parishes. This year's literature consists of music that can be added to the choirs' repertoire and used as appropriate throughout the liturgical calendar year. The pieces are varied in style, voicing and difficulty, and useful for all church choirs. Music ordered through this website will be available to pick-up at the TuneUp.

St. John's Boys' Choir and NLC Joint Concert and Hymn Festival

Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 8:00pm


St. John's Boys' Choir welcomes the National Lutheran Choir (Dr. David Cherwien, director) to present a hymn festival in the Abbey Church for the first time in six years. In addition to several choral selections of sacred music, this concert will feature the voices of the audience, joining in the great American tradition of hymn singing. Repertoire will focus on the theme of Christian Unity.

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.

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) – - 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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