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Holiday jubilations and traditions

Celebrating the Holiday Season

Guest Conductors: Bret Amundson, DMA and Sarah Ludwig, DMA
Sunday, December 17 - 3:00 p.m.
The Depot Great Hall

The first concert of our 28th season features Duluth’s renowned bell choir StrikePoint under the direction of Bill Alexander, and highlights the mystery and magic of the holiday season. A fanfare of trumpets and percussion herald in the joy of the season with a rousing processional. Traditional carols from our shared and varied heritages will be familiar and the audience will enjoy songs from France, Germany, England, Spain and Haiti.

The halls of the Depot Great Hall will be decked with handmade fiber artwork from local artists. Cookies from many cultures, cider and other libations transform the day into a true celebration of the season.

a requiem mosaic: music of mourning and consolation

Guest Conductor, Matt Faerber, PhD, DMA
Saturday, March 10 - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 11 - 3:00 p.m.
First Lutheran Church

A collection of movements from classical requiems along with contemporary pieces on the theme of loss, mourning, and consolation.

The first half of this concert will be an eclectic Requiem featuring movements by Wilberg, Zdenek Lukas, Durufle, Faure, and Ed Fissinger, framed by two works of Johannes Brahms on the fragile and often treacherous nature of life, "Ach arme Welt (Motet op. 110) and the sublime "Lass dich nur nichts nicht dauren" with organ.

The latter half of the concert will feature a recent (2013) work for chorus and orchestra by American composer Dan Forrest entitled "Requiem for the Living." This work is intended, in part, to function much as Brahms' timeless "Ein Deutches Requiem" - to comfort and strengthen those who remain behind.

aurora musicalis: music of the cosmos

Saturday, May 5 – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 6 – 3:00 p.m.
Sacred Heart Music Center

This concert will feature an exploration of the night sky with pieces by Ola Gjeilo, Eric Barnumand and Eric Whitacre. Other musical highlights will include “Dark Night of the Soul” by Gjeilo with string quartet, piano, and soprano soloist; and "Sure on this Shining Night" by Samuel Barber. Local northern lights photographers will share their work as a visual backdrop for this performance.

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