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Christmas Festival: The Spotless Rose

Friday, December 11, 2015 - 4:30pm
Friday, December 11, 2015 - 8:00pm
Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 8:00pm
Saturday, December 19, 2015 - 2:00pm

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In December, the National Lutheran Choir returns to the awe-inspiring space of the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis -- and to a NEW location in St. Louis -- for its popular Christmas Festival program. Known for the “experience,” the Christmas Festival removes the listener from any sense of time and space and draws them into a place of awe and beauty. Through a unique use of space, the choir performs from the front and back of the sanctuary, amidst and surrounding the audience. This year’s literature ranges from historic -- Herbert Howells and Victoria -- to new music by Dale Warland, David Conte and others.

Devotion: Praying Through Music

Prior to last week's rehearsal (11/17/15), NLC alto Hope Kelsey shared this devotion about praying through song. Is it a "Sound of Music" week for you? Or maybe "Amazing Grace" has been running through your mind?

Every other year, [my employer] holds a big sales meeting, which happened to be the first part of last week. It is a time of networking and education - so among other things, many well known speakers are brought in to share insights to the attendees, which add up to about 1600 people or so.

The first big speaker on Monday morning was Benjamin Zander, conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra.  I was thrilled that we were starting off with him, using music to talk about the concepts from his book, The Art of Possibility.  He radiated this positive energy and made everyone understand and love Chopin - and helped everyone sing the most rousing version of “Happy Birthday” that I’ve heard for some time.

2015-16 Season Announcement

30 Years of Singing Together

The 63-voice National Lutheran Choir (NLC) is pleased to announce its 2015-16 season, “30 Years of Singing Together.” The choir’s 30th Anniversary Season includes a four-concert subscription series, a Christmas concert in St. Louis, MO (in addition to its beloved Christmas concerts at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis), a Midwest tour and a Choral TuneUp with acclaimed composer and conductor, René Clausen. The season culminates with a concert titled The Minnesota Tradition, honoring the history and collection of choral music that has been nurtured and grown out of the many Lutheran colleges in Minnesota and throughout the Midwest.

Devotion: Forgiveness

This devotion was given by new NLC member, Keyla Christenson. Keyla shared this devotion prior to rehearsal on November 10, 2015.

This devotion is more of a meditation, so stick with me. Take one of the gem stones that are going around in the jars. Hold that stone in your hand, rolling it around delicately. Feel the smooth surfaces. Now, picture an event or a person in your life that has caused you hurt, pain, regret, or hardship. Perhaps, you picture something you personally have done that you wish you hadn’t. Whatever comes to mind that plagues your thoughts, put it inside that stone. Did the stone become a lot heavier all of a sudden? Our regrets can weigh us down and burden us more than we could ever believe.

The Caged Bird Sings

This special release was created in reaction to the overwhelming demand for a recording of our concerts entitled, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," performed in Arizona and Minnesota in February 2015. The music is a collection of pieces from cultures that historically have been oppressed, including Estonians, Native Americans and African Americans. While shedding light on the human condition, the music simultaneously celebrates the deeply rooted spirit of survival and hope. This album was funded by the generous support of individuals from around the world through Thank you to all of our friends and fans that gave this album wings!

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