Choir: National Lutheran Choir
Date & Time: 10/29/2017, 04:00 pm
Venue: Ordway Concert Hall, St. Paul
On October 27 & 29, 2017 the National Lutheran Choir – NLCA.com – presents world premiere performances of Holy Spirit Mass, by Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen. The performances will be held in the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis and the Ordway Concert Hall in Saint Paul. Tickets are available at NLCA.com and Ordway.org
Holy Spirit Mass was commissioned to commemorate the 500th Anniversary year of the Protestant Reformation—the first reformation anniversary to take place in truly ecumenical age. The piece serves as a joint celebration of 50 years of dialogue between the Roman Catholic and Lutheran churches, which culminated in the publishing of a groundbreaking document ”From Conflict to Communion” created jointly by Roman Catholic and Lutheran leaders.
Composer, Kim André Arnesen – kimarnesen.com – (b. 1980) is one of the most frequently performed classical composers from Norway today. He was educated at the Music Conservatory in Trondheim and is an elected member of the Norwegian Composers Society. Focusing on choral composition, Arnesen’s Requiem received a U.S. premiere at Carnegie Hall in January 2017. His Magnificat was nominated for a Grammy award in 2015. Additional 2017 premieres include the Oregon Bach Festival and the Texas American Choral Directors Association Conference.
To honor the notion of “mutual service to the world” on a local level, Catholic Charities, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, and The Basilica of Saint Mary will all share messages about their work in the concert program and at informational displays at the concerts. Along with Norway House, which will honor Kim Andre Arnesen for his premiere, these groups are symbolize the “together in hope and music” on this reformation anniversary and beyond.