The voice choir, directed for 32 years by Rene Clausen, is regarded by many to be the best college choir in the world. They are, whether singing on the air or right in front of you, nearly perfect. And another way to measure which song they do best is which one sends the most tears streaming down your cheeks. A word on a couple of those songs Sunday. That goes on, in darkness, for 2 minutes and 40 seconds, as the choir begins softly singing over it, from the depths of their hearts and souls.
Then they add the moan of half-filled water glasses being gently stroked by some of the singers. Leaving him unnamed is cruel, but wholly Lutheran. Right near the end of the concert, its grandest moment occurred, the one that had my tears streaming.
The impact of having one of the best choirs in the world singing that right in front of you was, well, overwhelming. I loved it. Melius Christiansen, who led the exceptional St.
Olaf College Choir in Minnesota for decades. Three more quick stories about the Concordia Choir:. Olaf, where he surely was one of the great singers in that choir, and then went on to get his graduate degrees from the University of Illinois. At UI, where he was a graduate assistant working with the undergraduate singers, he Sludge - Executive Slacks - Fire & Ice a freshman by name of Ben Allaway.
He took me along when he attended a St. Olaf concert held in Chicago, and I decided right then to transfer. And Sunday afternoon, there he was sitting five rows north from where his old mentor was directing his great Concordia Choir. It was like every pitch-perfect Lutheran in Minnesota was singing to us over the radio. And, as I understand the layout, there is a cemetery right across the road from the Concordia campus in Minnesota. Olaf, Concordia and maybe we should include Augsburg, too.
And, hello, our Wartburg College Choir is darned good, too. He told me that his Nordic Deep River - Concordia University Kammerchor would be on the same upcoming program with the St. Olaf and Concordia choirs. It has for centuries. How are we Iowans letting a Minnesota school get away with having a nickname and mascot like that?
Oh, now one more thing. Plymouth Church in Des Moines was the second stop on this Concordia Choir tour, which is rolling with two buses and a straight truck. The itinerary has them doing 15 concerts in 15 different cities in 16 days, all the way to Texas and back.
That may be the most athletic thing any Concordia students have been involved in all school-year long. You can email the columnist at Pearly Queen - Various - Nice Enough To Join In Offenburger.
Had the privilege of hearing Wartburg and Luther Christmas programs. Both exceptional. Thanks for sharing. Thank you so much for coming to and writing about our concert, Dr. Kenneth T. Kosche* - A Banquet Of Song As a member of the choir this year, I do want to clarify one thing you mentioned in your piece. Again thank you for supporting us!
I just wanted to clarify some points to your piece. This is my beloved choir. So happy my daughter had the privilege Dandy - The Kinks - Dandy / Waterloo Sunset being part of this tour. As an alum of this choir, it is life-changing!
And, in closing, the college was founded when a corn farmer gave a generous donation. And we hold annual corn feeds around the country in the summertime. You are cordially invited to be my guest! I first heard the Concordia Choir in the s. My grandfather, my mother, and I all taught there for a combined 58 years of which I only contributed one year. I did not believe that anyone could equal Paul J. I was wrong. Clausen has done it! By the way, I was fortunate enough to attend the super concert which featured those three choirs.
It was amazing. The only disappointment was Dr. Kenneth T. Kosche* - A Banquet Of Song Paul J. No mention Deep River - Concordia University Kammerchor Paul J. There would have been no Concordia choral tradition without him. Paul J. I remember Im Coming Out (Rick Corbo Tribal Mix) - Various - White Party USA Vol.
2 Clausen took over the Choir from Paul J. Everyone was concerned about whether he would honor what Paul J had done—even those of us who never sang in the choir. Your email address will not be published. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Related posts. Courthouse: Who made our mosaic? Wes Smith, Chesterfield, VA. Kathy Hoover Murphy, Des Moines. Lily Erdal, Moorhead MN.
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