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Passion Week Rehearsal Notes: March 17, 2015

Following rehearsal on March 17, 2015, Artistic Director, David Cherwien shared these thoughts with the choir regarding their preparation of Gretchaninoff's Passion Week:

We are deep into this marvelous work. It is mesmerizing music to be sure. Without a doubt it takes us into a different plane of being - losing a sense of time and space, to be sure. I'm amazed at how Gretchaninoff can take such a simple statement and make it achingly beautiful. It's taxing, though - don't let tension creep in - that's what will wear you out. Maybe we can do as I do with organ students: I just very lightly touch the shoulder when I see tension and it's like a release button. Should we do that for each other? Fortes do not need tension to be intense. Breath and support, indeed but not tension. 

Bach's Birthday Bash

Members of the National Lutheran Choir have been invited to perform for one of five concerts celebrating Bach's 330th birthday on March 21! Join us in person for the concert, listen live on Classical MPR stations or stream live onlinePlan ahead to participate in the “Bach’s Birthday Bash” on Saturday, March 21, 2015, a sequence of five hour-long all-Bach performance events at five Minneapolis churches, featuring organists, pianists, singers and other instrumentalists in celebration of Johann Sebastian Bach’s 330th Birthday (b. 3/21/1685).

"Passion Week" Rehearsal Notes

As the choir prepares for their performance of Gretchaninoff's Passion Week (April 30 and May 2), Artistic Director, David Cherwien shares these notes with the choir:

We're definitely on our way. The challenges for this concert are already pretty clear: stamina and finding the uniqueness of each movement. How can we perform this without everything starting to sound the same after 5 minutes? 

Signs of Spring

Changing Staff Roles at NLC

This Spring, the National Lutheran Choir is pleased to announce staff changes that have been taking shape over the past several months.  These changes bring fresh talent to NLC; capitalize on longtime experience and success; and offer the larger singing community an exciting new program with dynamic leadership.

Devotion: Lean on Me

It’s such a privilege and honor for me to stand with you tonight in my home congregation, to sing in a renewed space that I happen to know every inch of. Zion is approaching its 145th anniversary, and has been a landmark church in an historic community.