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Luther College Nordic Choir to perform in Fort Dodge

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The performance, open to the public, will be at 4 p.m. on Jan. 26 at First United Methodist Church, 127 N. 10th St. A freewill offering will be collected.

One of the United States’ premier choral ensembles will be touring through Fort Dodge to showcase its vocal talents Jan. 26 as part of its 2020 Winter Tour.

Under the direction of Andrew Last, associate professor of music and director of choral activities at Luther, the program will feature a varied repertoire including Giovanni Gabrieli’s “Angelus Domini,” Paul J. Christiansen’s “I Heard a Great Voice” and excerpts from Craig Hella Johnson’s “Considering Matthew Shepard.”

The concert will conclude with notes from “O Lord God” by Pavel Chesnokov, inviting alumni of the choir to join the 75-member ensemble on stage as part of the traditional closing piece for Nordic Choir.

Matt Drees, a 2010 Luther graduate, will direct a featured appearance by the Fort Dodge Senior High Choir at the concert.

Nordic Choir is Luther’s principal touring choir in a program composed of three upper-class mixed touring choirs and two first-year choirs. Featuring versatility, artistry and technical mastery across many different genres, the Nordic Choir is acclaimed for both its honor of the Lutheran choral tradition and its new, innovative work.

The choir tours annually, performing in churches of all denominations, schools and concert halls, including New York’s Lincoln Center, Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center and Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. The ensemble has also toured Europe, Russia, the Caribbean and Mexico. In 2021, it will add South Africa to the list.

Luther alumnus Last, the choir’s director since 2017, has a doctor of musical arts in choral conducting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s School of Music.

In a tradition of music, Last finds himself at home with Luther College, home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation, where five choirs, three orchestras, three bands, two jazz bands, nearly 800 student musicians and 275 music majors thrive.