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April 15, 2014: Like a River

Every week, the NLC's artistic director David Cherwien, writes a short letter to the members of the choir to give them notes on how they should direct their attention preparing for the next week's rehearsal or performance. This week, his focus is on Frank Martin's Mass. 

Conductor's Diary:

April 8, 2014: Rehearsal transformations

Our artistic director, David Cherwien, writes a note to the choir the Thursday after every Tuesday rehearsal. We are preparing the program for our May 4, 2014 concert at St Andrew's Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi MN which will include the premiere of a commissioned work by Zachary Wadsworth, William Mathias' Anthem: "Let the people praise thee, O God," Charles Villiers Stanford's Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, Frank Martin's Mass, and Benjamin Britten's (seen on the left) Te Deum. Organist Aaron David Miller will be the featured guest artist on the program. For more information about the concert, click here

Devotion: Honoring a Pure Offering

This devotion was given by the National Lutheran Choir's bass section leader, Paul Wilson, on the evening of April 1, before rehearsal.

Have you ever given an offering to God?  An offering that is so personal, so private, so sacred that it creates a moment in time that can not be adequately explained to another?  An offering purely of humble thanksgiving, shared only between you and the Maker?

April 1, 2014: Paradox

From the Conductor's diary:

Paradoxically, early rehearsals are exhausting, but at the same time invigorating!  The Frank Martin Mass and commissioned work by Zachary Wadsworth are very challenging intervalically, harmonically, and rhythmically. It's just hard work getting the notes and rhythm right! The good news is that we can get on the other side of that learning curve so much more quickly with home preparation. This allows us to spend as much time as possible doing interpretive things, which is when we get off the page and start making music!