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Celebrating the Music of Morten Lauridsen

Wheaton College and the Wheaton College Artist Series are proud to present a two-concert celebration of the music of Morten Lauridsen.

The College's special friendship with the composer began just over two years ago when Lauridsen visited for an on-campus residency culminating in a performance of his acclaimed Lux Aeterna. The concert featured special guest organist, Nicole Simental and the Conservatory of Music's Concert Choir, Men's Glee Club, and Women's Chorale led by conductor, Jerry Blackstone. The performance, which can be watched here, was deeply moving and cemented a love of choral music in the hearts of many at the College.

Just a few weeks following that beautiful performance, the world was thrust into the chaos and darkness of the pandemic, yet the words of Lux Aeterna, the light eternal, continued to inspire and enlighten the path forward. Choral music would not be abandoned, even with singers masked, socially distanced, and sometimes connected only virtually, the torch had to be carried through that dark night. 

Now, two years later, we are excited to bring Lauridsen's work back to campus with the world premiere of Ave Verum Corpus. This piece, commissioned by Wheaton College, serves as an example of the choral works to come through the establishment of the John and Anita Nelson Center for Sacred Music. Learn more about this commission and its connection to the soon-to-be-established Center for Sacred Music.

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Friday, March 25, 2022, 7:30 p.m. in Armerding Concert Hall
Welsh baritone and Lauridsen specialist Jeremy Huw Williams is joined by soprano Monica Griffin Hunter and pianist Paula Fan in The Vocal Music of Morten Lauridsen. The guest artists are individuals hand-selected by the composer as interpreters of his music. This concert, presented by the Wheaton College Artist Series, will offer a perfect introduction to the subsequent Choral Music of Morten Lauridsen concert. Tickets are available here!

Saturday, March 26, 7:30 p.m. in Armerding Concert Hall
The Wheaton College Concert Choir will offer the world premiere of Nelson Center commissioned composer Morten Lauridsen’s Ave Verum Corpus for unaccompanied mixed choir. Conductor John William Trotter will lead the Choir in the premiere as well as other selected works by the composer. We are expecting to have Prof. Lauridsen present in conversation virtually beforehand, along with Lauridsen specialist James Arthur Bond from California Lutheran University. You do not want to miss this world premiere, get your tickets here!