The Ascension Lutheran Church in Brookings hosts a collaboration of nationally acclaimed composer Elaine Hagenberg with the Gustavus Choir for a free community concert. Under the direction of Dr. Brandon Dean, the Gustavus Choir will perform a variety of classic and contemporary compositions. This concert is free, however a free will donation is encouraged. Their tour also includes stops across Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska.
ABOUT THE GUSTAVUS CHOIR
Established in 1932, the nationally renowned Gustavus Choir is the flagship choir in an active and highly integrated choral program that is comprised of nearly 300 students. Members of the choir are selected by audition and represent a broad spectrum of academic and life interests. Rooted in its Lutheran choral heritage, the Gustavus Choir performs fine sacred music from all historical periods, but also champions new music by contemporary composers. This year the choir is collaborating with nationally acclaimed composers Elaine Hagenberg, who is writing a piece for the tour program, and Joshua Shank, who will serve as composer–in–residence at the annual Gustavus Honor Choir Festival.
The Gustavus Choir maintains an extensive annual touring schedule throughout the United States and travels abroad every four years. Over the past 40 years, the choir has appeared at cathedrals, conservatories, and cultural centers in Scandinavia, Russia, Asia, South Africa, and dozens of European countries. Recent international tour venues have included St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, Notre Dame in Paris, Stephansdom in Vienna, Nikolaikirche in Leipzig, Scholosskirche (Castle Church) in Wittenberg, and Hedvig Eleonora in Stockholm. The Gustavus Choir is frequently invited to perform at professional conferences and performed for the King and Queen of Sweden in 2012.
Located in Saint Peter, Minnesota, Gustavus Adolphus College is a private, coeducational, liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. More than one-third of all Gustavus students participate in the music program, with three choirs, three wind ensembles, two symphony orchestras, three jazz ensembles, and numerous chamber ensembles that total over 30 musical ensembles on campus.