winter concert: call to prayer

Concluding a landmark season dedicated to the art and legacy of the Protestant Reformation, Call to Prayer delves into the universal human longing for connection with God expressed through prayer.  The intimate, introspective, and communal act of prayer has been tied to musical traditions of cultures for millennia. Call to Prayer opens a door to further explore and experience the music of prayer in three modern religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. In the spirit of collaboration and connection, Call to Prayer will feature guest artists from the Twin Cities and beyond.


Adath Jeshurun Congregation Synagogue

10500 Hillside Lane West, Minnetonka, MN 55305

Pre-Concert Lecture at 3pm

SATURDAY, MARCH 3 - 7:30pm

Hoversten Chapel, the Foss Center, Augsburg University

2211 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55454


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Augsburg Choir

The 50-voice Augsburg Choir, this year under the direction of Mark Sedio ’76, celebrates a long tradition of excellence in choral music. Praised for its high level of musicianship, the ensemble performs a diverse repertoire including compositions by well-known Scandinavian and American composers as well as a wide variety of music from throughout the world. The Augsburg Choir has premiered works by Knut Nystedt, Stephen Paulus, Steve Heitzeg, Carol Barnett, Egil Hovland, Kari Tikka, and Sigvald Tveit.

Augsburg Choir’s tradition of choral excellence coupled with the University’s role as an active community partner in its urban setting has created an excellent partnership for ‘Call to Prayer’, allowing The National Lutheran Choir to engage the multi-faith and diverse student body.

joshua fishbein and allahu echad: God is one

A singer and pianist, Joshua Fishbein (b. 1984) composes vocal and instrumental music. Fishbein’s music has won awards from the following organizations: the American Prize, the American Choral Directors Association, BMI, the Belvedere Chamber Music Festival, the Boston Metro Opera, the Cantate Chamber Singers, the Delaware Valley Chorale, The Esoterics, the Guild of Temple Musicians, the Hollywood Master Chorale, the National Lutheran Choir, and WomenSing. His Hebrew settings have been featured by Shalshelet, the Max Helfman Institute, and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society.

Fishbein is the composer of the National Lutheran Choir’s most recent commission entitled Allahu Echad: God is One. A combination of the Islamic adhan (traditional call for worship) and the Hebrew oseh shalom prayer texts, the piece focuses on the “one-ness” of God, and is voiced for SATB choir and violin.



Zafer tawil

Jerusalem-born Tawil is an accomplished Palestinian musician whose areas of expertise include the oud, violin, qanun, and Arab percussion. Zafer performs across the US and in the Middle East and holds workshops in oud technique and Arabic music theory.Zafer is continuously exploring the boundaries of Arab music, and has worked collaboratively on many concerts involving classical Indian and Persian music, as well as Jazz fusion.

Collaborating on Allahu Echad: God is One will be the third guest artist, Zafer Tawil. A Jerusalem-born Palestinian musician and multi-instrumentalist, Tawil is familiar to Twin Cities’ audiences through his work with The Rose Ensemble (Jordan Sramek, Artistic Director) and frequent Schubert Club performer mezzo-soprano, Clara Osowski.