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World renowned Wartburg College choir to perform in New Richmond

NEW RICHMOND - The Wartburg College Choir, which has sung at the White House and National Cathedral and earned rave reviews in Europe last year, will perform in New Richmond on Monday.

The 85-member choir, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary, will sing at a 7:30 p.m. concert at the New Richmond High School Auditorium, 650 E. Richmond Way, in collaboration with the New Richmond High School Kammerchor with conductor Andrew Schroetter, as part of its 14-concert national tour. Admission is a free-will donation. The Wartburg Choir includes Star Prairie native Claire Traynor.

The Wartburg Choir performs sacred music from all historical periods and styles and often premieres works of contemporary composers.

In December, the choir sang during the White House Holiday Concert Series and at the National Cathedral's Bethlehem Prayer Service. During its 2011 European tour, one reviewer described a concert as "altogether unforgettable," while another wrote, "The performance communicated feelings of joy and peace that defy description."

Nelson described the forthcoming spring tour program as ranging from "such Wartburg Choir staples as Liemohn's joyous setting of "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God'" to "Noel Ayisyen," a piece sung in Haitian Creole and a new composition commissioned for the choir's anniversary, "When Jordan Hushed His Waters Still," by composer Stanford Scriven.

Noted tenor Dr. Brian Pfaltzgraff, Wartburg College associate professor of music, will be a soloist. Wartburg College faculty members Dr. Daniel Kaplunas, assistant professor of music (violin) and Dr. Karen Black, professor of music (organ), also will perform with the choir.

The choir is one of Wartburg's three music ensembles that tour internationally every third year and in the United States during the other two years.

Wartburg is a four-year, selective liberal arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The college enrolls 1,805 students from 29 U.S. states and 49 countries. More than 400 students from all majors participate in the college's various music groups.