Gustavus Adolphus College Choir to perform in Cambridge

The Gustavus Choir will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Cambridge  Lutheran Church.
The Gustavus Choir will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Cambridge Lutheran Church.

The Gustavus Choir, one of the nation’s foremost Lutheran college choirs, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Cambridge  Lutheran Church, 621 Old North Main St., Cambridge.

Under the direction of Dr. Gregory J. Aune, the choir is on a nine-day concert tour to selected cities in the Upper Midwest.

The choir has toured annually throughout the continental United States and abroad during its 82-year history. In the past 25 years, the Gustavus Choir has also appeared at cathedrals, conservatories, and cultural centers in Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Italy, Spain, Asia, and South Africa.  They choir has sung in Cambridge a number of times in past years, always to the pleasure and delight of the audience.

The Gustavus Choir is recognized for its musical approach to singing and high standards of performance. This year’s concert program will feature a diverse spectrum of choral music, with notable repertoire from both historical and stylistic genres.

Conductor Gregory Aune states, “Part of the experience of singing in the Gustavus Choir is the opportunity to learn about and be exposed to new music, whether it is centuries old or written within the past year. The students then share their discoveries with those people who come to hear us sing.”

Highlights of the concert tour program will include important choral works by Johann Christoph Bach, Randall Thompson, Georg Schumann, Jan Sändstrom, and a newly commissioned work by noted composer Eric Whitacre.

Founded in 1862, Gustavus Adolphus College is a highly selective, private, liberal arts college of recognized excellence and affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Music education and appreciation are integral parts of the Gustavus undergraduate experience, and the Gustavus Choir is the premier ensemble of three highly-integrated choral organizations among 30 musical ensembles within a recognized, thriving, and active music department on the Gustavus campus.

This concert is part of Cambridge Lutheran Church’s 150th Anniversary celebration. On Sunday, Feb. 2, Rev. Grady Saint-Dennis, Gustavus college pastor will preach at the morning services at Cambridge Lutheran.  Many additional concerts and other special events are scheduled through the year.

Tickets are $10; age 17 and under do not need a ticket and will be admitted free. Purchase tickets at the Leader Store in Cambridge, at the Cambridge Lutheran Church office, or at the door the night of the concert.