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Lenoir-Rhyne A Cappella Choir Announces Spring Tour
Lenoir-Rhyne A Cappella Choir Announces Spring Tour

The Lenoir-Rhyne A Cappella Choir is pleased to announce its annual spring tour, March 12-19, 2017, with performances in North and South Carolina. A pre-tour performance will be held March 5, 7 p.m. at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Hickory and a post-tour homecoming concert will take place March 25, 7:30 p.m. in LR's Grace Chapel.

The program will feature choral, organ, and brass music as well as congregational hymnody of a variety of time periods and styles. All performances are free and open to the public. No tickets are required, though a free-will offering will be received.

Dr. Ryan Luhrs is in his first year as conductor of the A Cappella Choir. He is only the fourth conductor in the ensemble's 81-year history. "The program is titled 'Ever-Present, Ever-Reforming' and has two primary goals," Luhrs said, "First, to pay tribute to music inspired by the Lutheran Reformation, and second, to celebrate the great diversity of music found in the ever-reforming global Church."

According to Luhrs, the performance will feature the LR Brass Ensemble, under the direction of Timothy Phillips. Collaborative artist Jeana Neal Borman, and student organists Andrew Barbour '17 and Nicholas Andrews '17 will accompany the choir and congregational hymns.

Founded in 1935 by St. Olaf Choir alumnus Kenneth Lee, the Lenoir-Rhyne A Cappella Choir has toured throughout the United States and abroad, including a 2015 music-mission trip to Costa Rica. The choir has performed at the installations of two national ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) bishops and for the 200th Anniversary of the North Carolina Synod. In February 2017, the A Cappella Choir shared a concert with the St. Olaf Choir in Grace Chapel. Under the direction of current St. Olaf Choir director Anton Armstrong, the choirs combined to sing "Beautiful Savior," an arrangement by F. Melius Christiansen, Lee's choir director while at St. Olaf.

The 2017 A Cappella Choir tour is made possible in part by a grant secured by the North Carolina Synod of the ELCA as part of its recognition of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. The year-long celebration will conclude with a worship event September 23, 2017 at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Charlotte. ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will preach, and LR and Newberry College choral and brass ensembles will assist in leading the music.

LENOIR-RHYNE A CAPPELLA CHOIR 2017 SPRING TOUR

Pre-tour performance:

Sunday, March 5, 7 p.m. - Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Hickory, NC

Tour performances:

Sunday, March 12, 7 p.m. - Lutheran Church of the Holy Comforter, Belmont, NC

Monday, March 13, 7 p.m. - Lutheran Church of Our Father, Greensboro, NC

Tuesday, March 14, 7:30 p.m. - Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, Charleston, SC

Thursday, March 16, 7 p.m. - Ebenezer Lutheran Church, Columbia, SC

Friday, March 17, 7 p.m. - Augsburg Lutheran Church, Winston-Salem, NC

Saturday, March 18, 7 p.m. - Christ the King Lutheran Church, Cary, NC

Sunday, March 19, 7 p.m. - St. John's Lutheran Church, Salisbury, NC

Post-tour Homecoming Concert:

Saturday, March 25, 7:30 p.m. - LR Grace Chapel, Hickory, NC

For more information, about the Lenoir-Rhyne A Cappella Choir spring tour visit lr.edu/publicevents or contact Luhrs at ryan.luhrs@lr.edu.

PHOTO: Lenoir-Rhyne A Cappella Choir, conducted by Dr. Ryan Luhrs.