MILWAUKEE - The Wisconsin Lutheran Choir and Chamber Choir of Wisconsin Lutheran College, under the direction of Dr. James A. Nowack, performed concerts in Arizona and California from March 8-14. The 2020 Spring Tour home concert was canceled due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus outbreak.
The inspirational concert program of sacred choral works spans several periods and genres. Wisconsin Lutheran Choir repertoire includes Ich lasse dich nicht, du segnest mich den, a motet for double choir attributed to J.S. Bach; I Will Lift Mine Eyes by Jake Runestad; and “Alleluia” (from Songs of Faith) by Paul Basler, with French horn, percussion, and piano. Keith Getty's Jesus, Ever-Abiding Friend is featured in a new arrangement by Jeremy S. Bakken, commissioned in 2020 by the Wisconsin Lutheran Choir. A program highlight is Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory's interpretation of Ain't No Grave Can Hold My Body Down, in which a full-song American Sign Language solo uniquely amplifies the text of this upbeat spiritual.
The 24-voice Chamber Choir will perform sacred repertoire, including early American composer William Billings' perhaps best-known anthem, Easter Anthem; Stephen Paulus' beloved “Pilgrim's Hymn” (from the opera The Three Hermits); and Ola Gjeilo's Northern Lights, set to the Latin Pulchra Es text from Song of Solomon.
Dr. James Nowack, director of choral activities at Wisconsin Lutheran College since 1994, serves as guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator at conferences and conventions on a regional and national basis. Under Nowack's direction, the Wisconsin Lutheran Choir has developed a unified voice and a respected presence in the Midwest.
The tour concerts are free and open to the public. For further information about a specific concert, please contact the event locations listed below.
2020 Spring Concert Tour
SUNDAY, MARCH 8
3:00 p.m. Concert
Emmanuel Lutheran Church
715 West Southern Avenue
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11
7:00 p.m. Concert
St. Paul's First Lutheran Church
5244 Tujunga Avenue
North Hollywood, California
THURSDAY, MARCH 12
7:00 p.m. Concert
Christ the Vine Lutheran Church
29581 North General Kearny Road
SATURDAY, MARCH 14
2:30 p.m. Concert
Reformation Lutheran Church
4670 Mount Abernathy Avenue
San Diego, California
CANCELED: FRIDAY, MARCH 20
Center for Arts and Performance
Wisconsin Lutheran College
8815 West Wisconsin Avenue
Wisconsin Lutheran College is an independent, nationally ranked Christian college in Milwaukee that serves 1,200 traditional undergraduate, adult, and graduate students through its on-campus and online programming. The college, which prepares students for lives of Christian leadership, is recognized for its academic excellence and superior student experience.