Posted Online: April 19, 2012, 2:11 pm
Wartburg Choir to sing April 28 at St. Paul Lutheran, Davenport
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Submitted press release.
WAVERLY, Iowa — The Wartburg Choir, which sang at the White House and National Cathedral and earned rave reviews in Europe last year, will perform in Davenport, April 28-29.
The 85-member choir, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary, will sing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 N. Brady St., as part of its 14-concert national tour. Admission is a free-will donation. The choir also will sing at the church's Sunday morning service, April 29, at 9:20 a.m.
The Wartburg Choir performs sacred music from all historical periods and styles and often premieres works of contemporary composers.
The choir performs from "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" to "Noel Ayisyen," a piece sung in Haitian Creole and a new composition commissioned for the choir's anniversary, "When Jordan Hushed His Waters Still," by composer Stanford Scriven.
The choir also will sing excerpts from the Holocaust oratorio "To Be Certain of the Dawn," by Stephen Paulus and Michael Dennis Browne, which it performed — along with other college musicians — at the recent North Central American Choral Directors Association convention in Madison, Wis., with Nelson as the featured conductor.
Noted tenor Dr. Brian Pfaltzgraff, Wartburg College associate professor of music, will be a soloist. Wartburg College faculty members Dr. Daniel Kaplunas, assistant professor of music (violin) and Dr. Karen Black, professor of music (organ), also will perform with the choir.
The choir is one of Wartburg's three music ensembles that tour internationally every third year and in the United States during the other two years. More information about the Wartburg ensembles is available at www.wartburg.edu/music.