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Passion Week Rehearsal Notes: March 17, 2015

Following rehearsal on March 17, 2015, Artistic Director, David Cherwien shared these thoughts with the choir regarding their preparation of Gretchaninoff's Passion Week:

We are deep into this marvelous work. It is mesmerizing music to be sure. Without a doubt it takes us into a different plane of being - losing a sense of time and space, to be sure. I'm amazed at how Gretchaninoff can take such a simple statement and make it achingly beautiful. It's taxing, though - don't let tension creep in - that's what will wear you out. Maybe we can do as I do with organ students: I just very lightly touch the shoulder when I see tension and it's like a release button. Should we do that for each other? Fortes do not need tension to be intense. Breath and support, indeed but not tension. 

Northern Voice Festival

The Northern Voice Festival is a month-long, statewide celebration with events self-produced by groups and promoted by Northern Voice, along with two Festival Days, produced by the Northern Voice.

Festival Month
April 10 - May 10, 2015 marks the Festival Month, with self-produced performances from groups across the state of Minnesota. Click here to see Festival Month events.

2015 GALA: Telling the Story

Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 4:30pm
Doubletree by Hilton
7800 Normandale Blvd
Minneapolis, MN  55439
Join us for the 2015 National Lutheran Choir Gala: Telling the Story. The 62 members of the National Lutheran Choir, board members and staff invite YOU to our most highly anticipated event of the year!

Gretchaninoff Passion Week

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 8:00pm
Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 7:00pm

The National Lutheran Choir brings Alexander Gretchaninoff's glorious 'Passion Week' to the majestic Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis and Zumbro Lutheran Church in Rochester. Each year, the Orthodox Church remembers and re-experiences the seven days leading up to Easter Sunday through worship and music. Alexander Gretchaninoff developed his 'Passion Week,' a magnificent representation of 13 sacred musical settings, for this 'Great and Holy Week.' Join us for a transcendent journey of the soul that you won't soon forget.

Auditions for the 2015-2016 Season

There are several steps in the audition process, all with the purpose of identifying singers who are musically compatible, able to fully commit to the schedule, and who demonstrate a commitment to the highest musical standards. All singers of the choir have very busy schedules -- yet a commitment to the choir is a joy when we all do our part and the artistic product is the highest level of excellence. Our music making is hard work and the expectations are high. 

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