Thursday, March 01, 2012

Lenoir-Rhyne A Cappella Choir and Brass Ensemble to Perform at LTSP March 19

The Lenoir-Rhyne University A Cappella Choir and College Singers and the Lenoir-Rhyne University Brass Ensemble will perform in the Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia on Monday, March 19, at noon. The ensembles are appearing as part of their spring tour. The performance is free and open to the public.

Repertoire for the thirty minute concert will be drawn from the choir’s 2012 tour repertoire, which includes Alleluia by Randall Thompson, Hear My Prayer by Henry Purcell, Qui tollis peccata mundi by Johann Sebastian Bach, O for the Wings of a Dove by Felix Mendelssohn, If You Love Me by Paul Weber, and O Day Full of Grace by F. Melius Christiansen.

The College Singers, a select vocal ensemble from the A Cappella Choir, and the choir are directed by the Rev. Dr. Paul D. Weber. The University Brass are conducted by Christopher Nigrelli.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University A Cappella Choir celebrates its seventy-sixth concert season this academic year. The choir has sung for the installation of two national Lutheran bishops, mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, and the 2009 Lutheran unity service at the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C. In April 2007, the choir gave its final concert for the spring in Blacksburg, Virginia, in remembrance of the first anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre. The choir has taken eleven tours abroad, the most recent to Poland, the Czech Republic, and Germany in May 2011. 

Dr. Weber, now in his thirteenth year as director, is only the third tenured conductor of the choir in its seventy-six year history. Weber and his wife, university organist Florence Jowers, joined the Lenoir-Rhyne faculty in 1996 to found the Sacred Music Program for the training of undergraduates in the craft and practice of church music.

Established in 1891, Lenoir-Rhyne University is a private, coeducational university located in Hickory, North Carolina. It is affiliated with the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and is open to students from all religious backgrounds. The web site is

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