A month of music

News | February 13, 2017

On cold winter nights, come to St. Paul to experience music aglow in warmth, vibrancy, comfort. Over the next month, three concerts will fill the Sanctuary with songs familiar and new.

Nova Singers | Sunday, Feb. 19, 4 p.m. | Tickets – adults $18, seniors $15, students free, online at www.novasingers.com

“Dancing the Mystery” will include song and poetry, with readings of 13th and 14th Century Sufi poets Rumi and Hafiz. The music selected resonates with the words of each poem. Pieces will include “La Voix du Bien-Aimee” (The Voice of the Beloved) by Jean-Yves Daniel Lesur, “I Will Not Leave You Comfortless” by William Byrd, “Jerusalem” by Michael McGlynn, and two excerpts from “Songs from Behind the Caravan” by Abbie Betinis.

Wartburg College Castle Singers & Kammerstreicher | Friday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m. | Tickets – adults $15, $5 for students K-12, online at www.wartburg.edu/tours | Overnight hosts needed – contact Chris Nelson at chris@stpaulqc.org

Directed by Dr. Nicki Toliver, the Castle Singers is a select chamber ensemble with a diverse repertoire ranging from jazz to classical. Called one of the “crown jewels of the Cedar Valley,” the group has traveled to Europe, Australia, Fiji, the Caribbean, the United Arab Emirates, and Brazil. The Castle Singers have played the historic Blue Room in Kansas City, Dazzle in Denver, and the Jazz Club in Eisenach, Germany.

The Kammerstreicher is the Wartburg College chamber orchestra. Repertoire for Kammerstreicher concerts is best described as “eclectic.” Recent performances have featured Baroque and Classical works by Bach, Corelli, and Mozart, standard string orchestra pieces by Britten and Warlock, and arrangements of songs by the Beatles and Radiohead.

Augustana Choir Home Concert | Sunday, March 12, 3 p.m. | Freewill donation

This highly selective mixed ensemble performs a wide variety of music in major concerts, special events, and on tour. The choir has released a number of recordings, and performed on the commercial and public radio and network television.  The Augustana Choir requires a high level of musicianship and serious time commitment. Students in the Augustana Choir also participate in the Handel Oratorio Society.

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