The Nordic Choir of Luther College, one of the premier collegiate choral ensembles in the United States of both national and international stature, will perform at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 5801 West Plano Parkway, on Tuesday, February 4, from 7 – 9 p.m. as one of four stops in Texas on its 2020 Winter United States Tour. There is no admission charge, and the concert is open to the community.
Founded in 1946 and based in Decorah, Iowa, the Nordic Choir, Luther College’s principal touring choir, showcases versatility, artistry, and technical mastery across many genres of music. The choir has performed with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Des Moines Symphony, and Orchestra Iowa, and has toured extensively throughout the United States, performing in churches of all denominations, schools, and concert halls, including Lincoln Center, New York; Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.; Orchestra Hall, Chicago; Orchestra Hall and the Historic State Theatre, Minneapolis; the Ordway Music Theatre, St. Paul, Minn.; Walt Disney Concert Hall; the Crystal Cathedral, Los Angeles; and the Mormon Tabernacle, Salt Lake City.
The Nordic Choir has also appeared at national American Choral Directors Association conventions in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and Kansas City, and at the Music Educators National Conference in Kansas City, Mo. Audiences across the country have enjoyed radio, television, and online broadcasts of the choir’s performances. The choir tours internationally every three years and has toured in Scandinavia, Italy, Ireland, England, the Caribbean, Mexico, Russia, and Eastern Europe. In 2021, Nordic Choir will make its first tour to South Africa.
Since 2017 the choir has been under the direction of Dr. Andrew Last, who believes choral music is far more than a vessel for music education and performance. He views his role as facilitating the journey from technical artistry to an emotional awakening, stating, “Great choral music stirs within us a spirit and passion, connecting us in a community of belonging and acceptance.”
To hear a preview of the choir, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=20&v=McgdkEtgY_8&feature=emb_logo
“St. Andrew is very excited to welcome the Nordic Choir of Luther College to the area,” said Taylor Davis, director of music and worship arts, St. Andrew UMC. “We encourage the community to take advantage of this very special evening of beautiful music.”
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St. Andrew United Methodist Church began in 1986 in the spirit of its namesake, a disciple of Jesus. The life of the Apostle Andrew embodies the church's mission, which is to invite the Christian-ish and the unchurched to become passionate servants of Christ. The congregation of St. Andrew follows Jesus, lives in relationship, serves others, and takes risks in faith. Worship includes four services each weekend on a 21.2-acre campus at the corner of Plano Parkway and Mira Vista in Plano, Texas, where more than 2,000 people gather each weekend. Recent renovation allows the Sanctuary to host worship in both traditional style, with the classic pipe organ, and Contemporary style, with a new LED center screen and lighting technology. Small groups and Bible studies gather on campus and throughout the region every day of the week. Mission opportunities serve our local area, neighboring regions, and global communities. The church has been repeatedly selected as a "Best Place to Worship in Plano” by the readers of the Plano Star Courier. St. Andrew United Methodist Church is located at 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, Texas 75093. Visit www.standrewumc.org; call 972-380-8001.