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Caged Bird Indiegogo Campaign

On May 28th, we launched an online crowd-sourcing fundraising campaign on Indiegogo.com to produce a new, special release album, The Caged Bird Sings. In response to the overwhelming demand for a recording of the music from our concerts entitled, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," performed in Arizona and Minnesota in February 2015, this album was born.

Devotion: Telling the Story

Katherine Castille, a member of our soprano section and Choir Representative to the Board, shared this devotion with the choir prior to the final concert of our 2014-15 season. The choir gloriously sang Alexander Gretchaninoff's "Passion Week" at Zumbro Lutheran Church in Rochester, MN, as part of their 150th anniversary celebration.

The theme for our gala this year was “Telling the Story.” The invitation read, “Join us as we tell the story of the National Lutheran Choir -- and celebrate the story that the NLC tells.” So I’ve been thinking about stories lately, why they’re important, why we should tell them. Like songs, they’ve been used in pretty much every culture to entertain, teach and recount histories.   

Devotion: PASSION defined

Prior to our concert at the Basilica on April 30, NLC soprano section leader, Linda Armstrong, gave this devotion before the choir. 
 
Recently we heard some biographical information about Alexandre Gretchaninoff in our devotion time. Some … but not a lot. Because there isn’t a lot. I Googled Gretchaninoff and found about three paragraphs about his life and works.  I checked for books about him at Barnes and Noble…..no such thing.  There are many books about JS Bach, and he wrote passions on St. Matthew, St. Mark and St. John.  I can’t figure out why we don’t know more about Gretchaninoff and his life.