At 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17, the Tour and Chamber Choirs of Concordia College-New York will present the Reformation Hymn Festival at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 5327 W. Washington Blvd., Milwaukee.
The Tour and Chamber Choirs of Concordia College – New York embark annually on domestic tours across the United States. Over the past decade the Concordia Choirs, under the direction of Dr. Jason Thoms, have performed over 300 concerts, assemblies, chapel worship services, in 49 states, 2 Canadian provinces, and Germany. This year’s Great Lakes Tour, from May 14th- 26th, the Tour and Chamber Choirs will embark on a 12-day tour of the Midwest and Upstate New York.
This year’s tour program is entitled “500th Anniversary of the Reformation – Hymn Festival”. The program will feature primarily hymn-based choral and instrumental music, as well as offer audiences an opportunity to sing some beloved hymns together with horn and organ. The selections featured in the Hymn Festival will include music of Bach, Christiansen, Schalk, Weber, Ferguson, Walker, and Jason Thoms.
Concordia College – New York is a college of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod located in Bronxville, New York just 30 minutes north of New York City. Beginning with a Reformation Service performance at New York City’s Carnegie Hall in 1912, The Concordia Choirs established a long standing tradition and later began touring in the late 1930s.
In the summer of 2016, the Concordia Chamber Choir embarked on a 2-week tour of Germany to mark the beginning of a 500th Anniversary of the Reformation celebration. They recorded a live, concert CD in Wittenberg, Germany, at the very heart of the Reformation origin. On June 25, 2017 the Concordia Choirs will host the “500th Anniversary of the Reformation – Hymn Festival” at Carnegie Hall in New York City. This event will feature many of the pieces performed on the Great Lakes tour, including two massed choirs containing a total 400 singers from school, churches and community choirs across the US and Germany, accompanied by a chamber orchestra.