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Lenoir-Rhyne A Cappella Choir and Brass Ensemble Announce Details of Spring Concerts

Tue Feb 25 2014

HICKORY, N.C. — The Lenoir-Rhyne University A Cappella Choir and College Singers, directed by Paul D. Weber and the Lenoir-Rhyne University Brass Ensemble, Christopher Nigrelli, Conductor, will perform in North Carolina and throughout Florida this spring.  Accompanying the choir will be Jeana Neal Borman, Lenoir-Rhyne University collaborative artist.

Repertoire sung by the choir will include “Glorie, Lob, Ehr, und Herrlichkeit” from Cantata 106 by Johann Sebastian Bach, “Ubi caritas” by Ola Gjeilo, “Grant Peace, We Pray” by Felix Mendelssohn, “Kyrie” by Hans Leo Hassler, and two works of F. Melius Christiansen: “Praise to the Lord” and “O Day Full of Grace.”

The University Low Brass will join the choir in performing “O Filii et Filiae” by Volckmar Leisring and “Sing a Mighty Song” by Daniel Gawthrop.

The men of the choir will perform Lee Hoiby’s “Last Letter Home” a setting of Private First Class Jesse Given’s final letter to his family before his death in Iraq.  The choir women will sing Susan Brumfield’s setting of two camp meeting songs, “No Time.”

Other pieces to be sung include “City Called Heaven” by Josephine Poelinitz, “Hope for Resolution” by Caldwell & Ivory, “How Can I Keep from Singing” by Taylor Davis, and “We Give You Thanks” by Paul Weber.

The College Singers, a select vocal ensemble drawn from the A Cappella Choir, will also appear on the program and perform “Oh mi Belén!” by Conrad Susa, “Somewhere” arranged by Robert Edgerton, “The Silver Swan” by Orlando Gibbons, and Mark Miller’s “Before Too Long.”

The university low brass will perform several selections at the beginning of the concert.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University A Cappella Choir celebrates its 78th concert season this academic year.  The choir has sung for the installation of two national Lutheran bishops, for mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, and for the 2009 Lutheran unity service at the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.  In April of 2007 the choir gave its final spring concert in Blacksburg, Virginia, in remembrance of the first anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre. The choir has taken eleven tours abroad and will tour Costa Rica in March of 2015.

The Rev. Dr. Paul Weber, now in his fifteenth year as Director, is only the third tenured conductor of the choir in its seventy-eight year history.  Weber and his wife, University Organist Florence Jowers, joined the Lenoir-Rhyne faculty in 1996 to found the Sacred Music Program for the training of undergraduates in the craft and practice of church music.

The concert schedule includes appearances in North Carolina on February 27, 5:15 pm at Duke University Chapel in Durham; on March 27, 7:00 pm at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Asheville; on March 30, 7:30 pm at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Hickory; and on April 5, 7:00 pm at Grace Lutheran Church in Boone.  Concerts in Florida include:

  • St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Jacksonville, FL, March 13, 7:30 pm
  • Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Largo, FL, March 14, 7:00 pm
  • Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Venice, FL, March 15, 5:00 pm
  • St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, Sarasota, FL, March 16, 9:00 and 11:00 am
  • Our Savior Lutheran Church, Vero Beach, FL, March 16, 7:00 pm
  • Zion Lutheran Church, Deerfield Beach, FL, March 17, 7:00 pm
  • Advent Lutheran Church, Melbourne, FL, March 18, 7:00 pm


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