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Directed by Larry L. Fleming
The professional choral musicians of the National Lutheran Choir, selected by auditions held each May, are drawn from a 200-mile radius of Minneapolis/St. Paul for weekly rehearsals, and they represent the various Lutheran Church colleges and universities who have provided their undergraduate musical education. They perform literature from the entire spectrum of sacred choral works, all a cappella. A New Song, conducted by Larry L. Fleming, 'A New Song' is an eclectic, varied collection of sacred music not often heard or performed. Richard Feliciano's dramatic and brooding 'I Will Sing to the Lord' and 'My Friend Had a Vineyard' set the tone for the collection, as does Eskil Hemberg's dissonant, eclectic 'Signpost I.' Darius Milhard's 'Psalm 150' soars and surprises, Samuel Berber's 'Lamb of God,' George Oldroyd's 'Prayer to Jesus,' Durufle's 'Ubi Caritas,' Mark Gresham's 'Set Me a Seal' and Kenneth Jennings' 'Spirit of God' are sweet and lovely; Igor Stravinski's 'The Dove Descending,' Edmund Rubra's 'Hymne to God' and Normand Lockwood's 'Inscription from the Catacombs' have hauntingly dissonant harmonies. Each of these is a difficult-to-perform, rarely-heard gem, beautifully done by one of the world's most respected Christian choirs.