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Listen to the premiere performance of new LutheranArts-commissioned woodwind quintet performing Funderburke's “If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee” at Lectures inChurch Music, Concordia University Chicago.

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The Library Club
Bob Johnson, Chief Librarian
Tour of Norway • May 29 - June 16, 2019

Interested in joining our Norway travel group, The Library Club, for a 19-day tour to follow the concert tour of the St. Olaf Orchestra and St. Olaf Choir?

We have room for up to 60 on the tour. The first 40 will travel on our Delta Airline group reservation (unless you choose to make your own air travel arrangements). We have many more interested than we can accommodate so it is very important that you sign up and make the initial deposit as soon as possible to insure your place on the tour.

The cost of the tour is phenomenally reasonable as our initial intent was to have our groupie tour be a “budget” tour with very limited commitments other than air travel, hotels, bus transportation and concert tickets. We have done this! And any cost comparison will show you that this is indeed the bargain of the century!

If you have any questions, please email me at musicmanemeritus@gmail.com or call me at home 507-663-0161 or my cell phone 612-805-9248. I’m retired so I have plenty of time to return phone calls!

Tempus fugit! Make your reservation today to insure your participation!

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Lutheran Arts member, Jocelyn Hagen, announces her evening-length work commissioned by Conspirare, Songs for Muska, will receive its full premiere this March in Austin, Texas, as part of their March Moderns Festival!

MARCH MODERNS, with Conspirare (for tickets)
Friday, March 29, 2019, 8:00 p.m.
Bates Recital Hall, Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin, TX

This piece is nearly four years in the making, and is inspired by the incredible poetry of the women of Afghanistan. When beginning our brainstorming about what kind of piece she should create for Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson recommended that she pick up a newly published book called I am the Beggar of the World, which featured English translations of landays (folk couplets ~ an oral tradition and anonymous scrap of song). Hagen was instantly drawn in by the beauty, efficiency, and hard truths packed into these dense statements created by the women of that part of the world. Because of restrictions made by the Taliban, these women weren't allowed to read or write, let alone show ownership of any kind of creative free speech. These landays have traditionally belonged to no single Pashtun woman, and, therefore, belonged to all of them.

American Prize national nonprofit competitions in the performing arts awarded the American Prize (Opera/Musical Theatre division) to Test Pilot, an intimate chamber dance opera by choreographer Penelope Freeh and Lutheran Arts member, Jocelyn Hagen.

Test Pilot explores the power and wonder of creativity and invention through the birth of flight and the story of the Wright Brothers. Their sister, Katharine, is an often overlooked member of the Wright family, and her contribution to the family and their success is examined in this work through song and dance. The creators' personal family legends and aviation heroics are also woven into the oblique narrative.

Test Pilot premiered September 12-13, 2014, as part of The O’Shaughnessy Women of Substance Series and utilized a string quartet, six singers, four dancers and a video artist. Two years later we received a Minnesota Arts Touring grant and were able to relaunch the show, making small edits and giving performances in a variety of venues across Minnesota.

In 2015 it received a Sage Dance Award for "Overall Design," and the panel declared the work "a tour-de-force of originality."

Check out this incredible performance by the male chorus

Here's a playlist of the string quartet music.