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Luther College Nordic Choir to perform in St. Petersburg

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The Luther College Nordic Choir, one of the top college choirs in the nation, will perform in St. Petersburg this month, the college announced.

The choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at First Methodist Church, 701 Beach Dr. N.E., St. Petersburg, Fl.

Founded in 1946, the Nordic Choir enjoys national and international acclaim as a premier collegiate choral ensemble in the United States. Allen Hightower, director of choral activities and professor of music at Luther, is the conductor of the Nordic Choir preceded by Craig Arnold and the 57-year tenure of Weston Noble.

The 2013 Nordic Choir tour will include a cappella works "A Spotless Rose" by Paul Mealor, "Praise to the Lord" arranged by F. Melius Christiansen, and "Go Lovely Rose" by Eric Whitacre. Other composers featured on the program will be Bach, Jennings and Schütz, which also includes hymn-arrangements and spirituals.

The concert is part of the Nordic Choir's tour of the East Coast. The choir tours annually and has performed around the world, appearing in Norway, Ireland, England, Germany, Russia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, the Baltic countries, Mexico and the Caribbean. Nordic Choir has also appeared throughout the United States, performing in well-known concert halls as Lincoln Center in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the world with six choirs, three bands, three orchestras, two jazz bands and numerous chamber ensembles, totaling nearly 1,000 student musicians. Luther's students perform in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. More than 300 music majors study music theory/ear training, history, education, composition, church music and performance.

The performance by the 78-member Nordic Choir is open to the public. Tickets are $15 and available by calling 1-800-4-LUTHER.

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