Concordia University, St. Paul's Christus Chorus will be performing a home concert at the Graebner Memorial Chapel on Friday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. Under the direction of Dr. David Mennicke, the choir is performing throughout the state of Minnesota during the month of April, with additional stops in Iowa and South Dakota.
The concert is built on Concordia’s theme of the year, “We Are God’s People” and is free and open to the public. The music in the program is diverse, from ancient chant music to Renaissance motets, from Schuetz to Brahms, to modern music. A featured piece is the “Lamentations of Jeremiah” by Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera. The program also includes Gospel, folk song, and popular music settings.
Chosen by audition, the choir tours and records annually, with international tours every four years. These have included an invited appearance at Poland's 10th Annual Gaude Mater Festival (one of only two American choirs to perform for this international festival sponsored by the Polish government), serving as choir-in-residence for the 2004 Pentecost Vespers at the St. Thomas Kirche in Leipzig, Germany, a concert/service tour to Ghana in West Africa in 2008, and a concert tour of South Korea in May 2012 that will include collaborations with several professional choirs.
Members of the choir represent many of the majors at Concordia, with about half residing from outside the state of Minnesota.