Wartburg, Luther, Iowa State Choirs Join Together

(WAVERLY, Iowa) — The Wartburg Choir, Luther’s Nordic Choir and the Iowa State Singers will join together in “A Celebration of Song” on Sunday, March 25, at 3 PM, at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. This historic concert marks the first time the three choirs have performed together in a joint concert.

The concert was arranged in part to honor Weston Noble, the iconic conductor of the Nordic Choir from 1948 to 2005. Following his retirement, Noble served as a guest professor at numerous Lutheran colleges, including a yearlong residency as interim director of the Wartburg Choir. It was his vision and dream to make this concert a reality. Noble died in 2016.

“Weston Noble has positively impacted the lives of thousands of musicians and influenced the lives of countless conductors from all over the world. He is one of America’s great music legends and this concert will be a beautiful testament to his life’s work,” said Lee Nelson, Wartburg Choir director. “Each of the conductors on this concert were mentored, encouraged and inspired by Mr. Noble. I couldn’t be more excited to bring these three iconic choirs together for this concert of a lifetime.”

Each choir will sing a solo set and will combine into a mass choir for three pieces, one conducted by each of the directors.

The Wartburg Choirwill perform “Dixit in Corde Suo” by Hungarian composer Levente Gyöngyösi, “Indodana” arranged by South African composers Michael Barrett and Ralf Schmitt, “Canticle of Praise” by René Clausen and “Oh, What a Beautiful City” arranged by Shawn Kirchner.

The choir also will perform the world premiere of J. Aaron McDermid’s “Carissimi.”

Together, the choirs will sing songs from each choir’s unique traditions, including “Give Me Jesus” by L.L. Fleming, “Unclouded Day” by Shawn Kirchner and “O Lord God” by Pavel Chesnokov.


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