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Choir to tour the eastern coast of the U.S.

February  04, 2013

The Augustana Choir rehearses in Nikolaikirche, Leipziglast, Germany, during last year's tour.

The Augustana Choir will tour the east coast. Feb. 15-22, traveling from Naples, Fla., to Baltimore, Md., before enjoying some free time in Washington, D.C. The choir also will perform a home concert at 8 p.m. on March 8 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa.

Established in 1931, the Augustana Choir has performed in some of the most storied venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall and the Uppsala Cathedral in Sweden.

Unique to this tour is the choir’s participation in the Maryland Music Educators Conference, where Dr. Hurty will conduct the Maryland All-State Choir, and the Augustana Choir also will perform.

This year’s program offers a variety of early music as well as some contemporary pieces. Connecting the choir to its Lutheran roots, Dr. Hurty has chosen a Bach Motet — one of the great works of the Lutheran tradition. They also will perform a piece titled Cells Planets, which is an arrangement of a contemporary pop song by the band Little Grey Girlfriend.

“One of the things that we strive for in the Augustana Choir is to combine a strong tradition with cutting-edge musical styles," Dr. Hurty said. "Since the singers come from many academic disciplines across campus, it is especially interesting for them to be a part of a group that delves into many different styles and genres of vocal music.”

Silvia Ramirez-Bertolasi ’15, a music education and vocal performance major from Arlington Heights, Ill., enjoys the group dynamic and says she is looking forward to getting to know fellow choir members even better and singing beautiful music for an entire week. “All the people are wonderful, and performing the program after all our hard work will be very exciting!” she said.

Dr. Hurty added that the tour’s geographical coverage is a first for him. Though the choir has been on tour in Florida and parts of the East Coast, this is the first time since he has been working with the group that they have been able to travel through the southern sections of the eastern seaboard. “This is a part of the country that I am looking forward to seeing, and I know that the students also will really enjoy these areas,” he said.

Tour schedule

Feb. 15: Naples, Fla., Moorings Presbyterian Church, 7 p.m. Tickets (available online or at the door) are $10 for adults; students are admitted free.

Feb. 16: Largo, Fla., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.

Feb. 17: Jacksonville, Fla., Lakewood Presbyterian Church, 7 p.m.

Feb. 18: Summerville, S.C., St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.

Feb. 19: Durham, N.C., Duke University Chapel, 7 p.m.

Feb. 20: Hampton, Va., Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.

Feb. 21: Baltimore, Md., Epiphany Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.

March 8: Tour Home Concert, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport, Iowa, 8 p.m.

Note: All concerts are free and open to the public (ith the exception of Naples); freewill offerings will be accepted.

Sam Schlouch
Director, Public Relations and Arts Promotion
(309) 794-7833
samschlouch@augustana.edu