National Lutheran Choir Announces 2019-2020 Concert Season
Mozart’s Requiem, annual Christmas Festival, and guest conductor Brad Holmes highlight 34th season.
Minneapolis, MN—July 15, 2019: The National Lutheran Choir announces its 2019-20 concert season of four distinct programs in venues across the Twin Cities metro, beginning in November with one of the most famous and important works in the canon of choral-orchestral music. Four incredible international soloists—all familiar to Twin Cities audiences—and a full orchestra join the National Lutheran Choir for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s timeless and colossal Requiem. Presented in the context of our annual fall All Saints program in the western and eastern Metro, the 12 movements of the Requiem Mass lend a unique setting to the reading of names in remembrance of the faithful departed. Guest artists include Sonja Tengblad (soprano), Clara Osowski (mezzo-soprano), David Walton (tenor), Dashon Burton (bass-baritone), and members of the Lyra Baroque Orchestra and the Baroque Room in Saint Paul.
The annual Christmas Festival, a cherished event for the Twin Cities faithful and those looking for seasonal contemplation, adds a new Saturday matinee performance on December 14th. This year, the story of the angel’s song “Gloria!” is brought to life through an array of poetry, communal singing, and exquisite choral music in the unsurpassed beauty of the Basilica of Saint Mary in downtown Minneapolis.
A Winter Concert featuring new and treasured music of the church launches February 2020. This eclectic program of music, entitled So Much to Sing About includes Felix Mendelssohn’s Psalm 100 (Jauchzet dem Herrn) alongside brand new music by NYC’s Kenneth Dake, an arrangement of “Sweet Hour of Prayer.”
Guest Conductor Dr. Brad Holmes (Millikin University, IL) steps to the podium at the beginning of May 2020 with a program that finds the National Lutheran Choir embodying the spirit and sound of choirs and singers around the world. Known for his work with tonal variation, Brad Holmes introduces a wide range of styles and extended vocal techniques in All Times, All Places – a journey around the world and across time exploring sounds and sonorities as diverse as the peoples who created them.
4- and 3-concert season passes available at NLCA.com beginning July 15th.
Events adjacent to the Choir’s concert season are plentiful. February 1st, 2020, sees another edition of National Lutheran Choir’s much-loved outreach activity, the Choral TuneUp, featuring clinician Dr. Michael Culloton of Concordia College, Moorhead. This event is designed as a one-day instruction and inspiration festival for local church choirs to sing alongside the National Lutheran Choir and learn from some of the best choral clinicians in the Lutheran choral tradition. From February 20-23, the Choir will tour two separate programs to audiences in Charlotte, Atlanta, Raleigh, and Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC. The Choir’s annual Gala will be held on April 19th, 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bloomington.
Performance dates, times & locations:
2019-2020 Subscription Concerts
All Saints: Mozart Requiem
Saturday, November 2, 2019 – 7:30pm
Wayzata Community Church, Wayzata
Sunday, November 3, 2019 – 4pm
St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Mahtomedi
Christmas Festival: Gloria
Friday, December 13th, 2019 – 4:30pm & 8pm
Saturday, December 14th, 2019 – 1:30pm & 8pm
Basilica of Saint Mary, Minneapolis
Winter Concert: So Much to Sing About
Sunday, February 16th, 2020 – 4pm
St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church, Plymouth
Spring Concert: All Times, All Places
Friday, May 1st, 2020 – 7pm
Normandale Lutheran Church, Edina
Saturday, May 2nd, 2020 – 7:30pm
Trinity Lutheran Church, Stillwater
More information about the National Lutheran Choir’s 34th concert season, tours, recordings and workshops can be found at NLCA.com.