Augustana Choir to tour the eastern coast of the U.S.

Posted Online: Feb. 05, 2013, 11:50 am
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Press release submitted by Augustana College

Rock Island, Ill.–The Augustana Choir will tour the east coast. February 15-22, traveling from Naples, Florida, to Baltimore, Maryland, before enjoying some free time in Washington, D.C. The choir also will perform a home concert at 8 p.m. on March 8 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa.
Established in 1931, the Augustana Choir has performed in some of the most storied venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, Chicago's Orchestra Hall and the Uppsala Cathedral in Sweden.
Unique to this tour is the choir's participation in the Maryland Music Educators Conference, where Dr. Hurty will conduct the Maryland All-State Choir, and the Augustana Choir also will perform.
This year's program offers a variety of early music as well as some contemporary pieces. Connectingthe choir to its Lutheran roots, Dr. Hurty has chosen a Bach Motet—one of the great works of the Lutheran tradition. They also will perform a piecetitledCells Planets, which is an arrangement of a contemporary pop song by the band Little Grey Girlfriend.
Dr. Hurty said, "One of the things that we strive for in the Augustana Choir is to combine a strong tradition with cutting-edge musical styles. Since the singers come from many academic disciplines across campus, it is especially interesting for them to be a part of a group that delves into many different styles and genres of vocal music."
Silvia Ramirez-Bertolasi '15, a music education and vocal performance major from Arlington Heights, Ill., enjoys the group dynamic and claimsshe is "looking forward to getting to know my fellow choir members even better and singing beautiful music for an entire week." She went on to say, "All the people are wonderful, and performing the program after all our hard work will be very exciting!"
Dr. Hurtyadded that the tour's geographical coverage is a first for him. Though the choir has been on tour in Florida and parts of the East Coast, this is the first time since he has been working with the group that they have been able to travel through the southern sections of the eastern seaboard. "This is a part of the country that I am looking forward to seeing, and I know that the students also will really enjoy these areas."
For more information, contact Sam Schlouch, manager of arts events and communication at (309) 794-7833 or See below for a listing of the choir's tour concerts.
February 15, 2013 - Naples, Fla., Moorings Presbyterian Church, 7 p.m. Tickets (available online or at the door) are $10 for adults;students are free
February 16, 2013 - Largo, Fla., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.
February 17, 2013 - Jacksonville, Fla., Lakewood Presbyterian Church, 7 p.m.
February 18, 2013 - Summerville, S.C., St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.
February 19, 2013 - Durham, N.C., Duke University Chapel, 7 p.m.
February 20, 2013 - Hampton, Va., Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.
February 21, 2013 - Baltimore, Md., Epiphany Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.
February 22, 2013 - Baltimore, Md., Maryland Music Educators Association All-State Conference
March 8, 2013 - Tour Home Concert, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport, Iowa, 8 p.m.


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