The Gustavus Choir, one of the nation’s finest Lutheran college choirs, will present its 2017 Home Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 11 in Christ Chapel. Under the direction of Dr. Gregory J. Aune, the choir recently completed a 10-day concert tour with performances in Illinois, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, and Minnesota. The Choir’s Home Concert is the final stop on its 2017 Winter Concert Tour.
As the flagship choral ensemble at Gustavus Adolphus College, the choir has toured extensively throughout the United States for the past 84 years. Every four years the choir tours internationally, and has performed in cathedrals, conservatories, and cultural centers in Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, the United Kingdom, Asia, and South Africa.
The Gustavus Choir is recognized for its musical approach to singing and its enthusiastic and polished performances of a broad array of choral masterworks. This year’s program will feature the music of Haitian composer Sydney Guillame, Norwegian composer Odd Overøye, Frank Ticheli, and British composer Will Todd. The choir will also premier a newly-commissioned work by Minnesota composer Craig Carnahan, “A Great Multitude,” and a recently-written work by Walter Pelz, “If You Continue in My Word.”
The importance of music in the College’s undergraduate curriculum has long been recognized. Over a third of its more than 2,400 students—majors and non-majors alike—register for courses in the theory, history, appreciation, pedagogy, and performance of music each year and participate in some 30 performing ensembles, five of which tour regularly.
Gustavus Adolphus College is a private liberal arts college in Saint Peter, Minn. that prepares 2,400 undergraduate students for lives of leadership, service, and lifelong learning. Gustavus was founded in 1862 and is the oldest Lutheran college in Minnesota. Fully accredited and known for its strong science, writing, music, athletics, study-away, and service-learning programs, Gustavus is internationally recognized for its annual Nobel Conference.
Saturday’s Home Concert performance by the Gustavus Choir will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Christ Chapel. Admission is free. Tickets are not required. This performance will be streamed live from Christ Chapel on GustavusLive.