Members of Concordia University, St. Paul’s Christus Chorus (Dr. David Mennicke, director) and Jubilate choir (Prof. Shari Speer, director) performed at the Minnesota Orchestra’s season finale June 14-15 at Orchestra Hall. Concordia’s group sang as part of a massed choir with the Minnesota Orchestra in the closing piece of the concert.
Concordia’s choir joined the Minnesota Chorale, Minnesota Boychoir, and singers from the Oratorio Society of Minnesota, Twin Cities-based Kantorei, and St. Olaf College in premiering Minnesota composer Steve Heitzeg’s newly commissioned piece “Let Us Start the Great Round.” Osmo Vänskä, the Artist Director of the Minnesota Orchestra, conducted the massed choir.
“Our choral program is honored to be invited by the Minnesota Orchestra to participate in this gala concert with other prominent Minnesota choirs,” said Dr. David Mennicke, Director of Choral Studies at Concordia.
This was the sixth invitation the Concordia choirs have received to collaborate with the Minnesota Orchestra since 1997.
Under the direction of Dr. Mennicke, the Christus Chorus recently returned from a two-week tour of South Korea. It has also toured and performed internationally in Poland, Germany and Ghana. In 2010 it performed at the national conference of the College Music Society.
The season-finale concert featured an all-star lineup of conductors and performers, including Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (Minnesota Orchestra's director from 1960-79), conductor-trumpeter Doc Severinsen, Grammy-winning trumpeter Irvin Mayfield and Sommerfest artistic director Andrew Litton. The multi-genre program was the last performance at Orchestra Hall before it is closed for a year-long renovation.