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National Lutheran Choir Hymn Festival - 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly

Sunday, August 7, 2016 - 8:00pm

This summer, the National Lutheran Choir has been invited to New Orleans as part of the ELCAChurchwide Assembly. 

The choir will present a Hymn Festival on Sunday, August 7, the eve of the Assembly, at Christ Church Cathedral in New Orleans. The Hymn Festival will begin at 8pm and is open to the public. The choir will also participate in the Opening Worship Service on Monday, August 8.  The worship service is an official event of the assembly open to voting members only. 

Devotion: An Orchestra Kid Stumbles into a Choir

Colleen Cook, an alto in the National Lutheran Choir, shared this devotion prior to rehearsal on April 19, 2016. She connects the singing she was required to do at St. Olaf with the singing she had done all her life. It's a Minnesota tradition!

I’m standing before you today as an orchestra kid. This Minnesota choral tradition we’re celebrating? Yeah, I had no idea how big of a deal it was, or that it was a deal at all, until maybe five years ago. I went to St. Olaf because I liked the food, it looked like Hogwarts, and the orchestra director was nice to me. Someone mentioned St. Olaf’s Christmas Fest to me, and I thought, “Aw, cute! I love Christmas concerts!” I was totally blindsided by the approximately twelve million hours of rehearsal. I still get Larry Fleming and Kenneth Jennings mixed up in my head on occasion. My first major interaction with Lutherans at all was going to St. Olaf and being moderately aware of the people around me.

National Lutheran Choir Announces Reformation Commission

Major work commissioned from Norwegian composer, Kim André Arnesen
 
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, March 1, 2016 – The National Lutheran Choir (NLC) – www.nlca.com - announces the commission of a major choral-instrumental work, “Holy Spirit Mass,” to receive its world premiere in October 2017. Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen has been commissioned to write this significant new work in commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
 
The new work, titled “Holy Spirit Mass,” will be scored for SATB chorus and 16 instruments and will have an anticipated duration of 35-45 minutes.
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