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Augustana Choir alumni to offer free concert

July  13, 2016

More than 150 alumni of the Augustana Choir will gather for the 85th anniversary reunion of the ensemble this weekend. The alumni choir will sing as part of Saturday's 5:30 p.m. worship service at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 Brady St., Davenport, with a 30-minute concert.

The alumni will begin their weekend with a celebration dinner on Friday evening and get reacquainted with classmates during social and rehearsal time on Saturday.

The Augustana Choir, which was founded in 1931 by Henry Veld, is regarded as one of the premier collegiate choral ensembles in the country, performs for thousands of people each year in the Quad Cities and on tours around the world.

In 1955, the choir appeared on Ed Sullivan's "Toast of the Town" television program where it sang "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning," from the musical Oklahoma!, in Swedish. The Augustana Choir also made several recordings for RCA.

After Veld's retirement in 1966, Donald Morrison directed the ensemble until 1993. Roger Wesby led the choir from 1993-1996. Dr. Jon Hurty, Gassman Family Professor of Music, has directed the ensemble since 1996 and will lead the alumni choir on Saturday.

A selection of the following pieces will be performed at Saturday's concert:

Come ye that Love the Lord, arr. Alice Parker (b. 1925)

Ubi Caritas, Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)

Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal, arr. Alice Parker

Hail, Thou Gladdening Light, Alexandre Gretchaninov (1864-1956), arr. E. A. Warmsen

My Song in the Night, Paul Christiansen (1914-1997)

Shenandoah, arr. James Erb (1926-2014)

Has Sorrow Thy Young Days Shaded, arr. Alice Parker

Indodana, arr. Michael Barrett and Ralf Schmitt

Give Me Jesus, arr. Larry L. Fleming (1936- 2003)

Children of the Heavenly Father, arr. Jon Hurty (b. 1959)

God Be In My Head, Walford Davies (1869-1941)

Sam Schlouch
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