Virtual Lenten Music Series

Good Shepherd Virtual Lenten Music Series Begins March 10

A Virtual Lenten Music Series, featuring a variety of music, begins on Wednesday, March 10, followed by performances on March 17 and 24 on Good Shepherd Lutheran Church’s YouTube Channel. Each performance premieres at 12:15 p.m. and will last approximately 30 minutes. Recitals are available free for viewing HERE and will remain there for later viewing.

The series kicks off on March 10 with Craig Hultgren performing new music for cello, including Elegy of the Eremocene by Robert Scott Thompson; Lacrimosa MMXVIII (for electric cello & pre-recorded sound design) by Joseph Koykkar; Canon Variations for solo violin & solo cello by Decorah native Ben Hippen, performed with violinist and Decorah resident Jonathan Winter; and Voices from Conover for solo cello by Christopher Frye (Conover is a ghost town south of Decorah).  Hultgren is a long-time activist for new music and is principal cellist of the Oneota Valley Community Orchestra.  Concert link

The performance on March 17 features the guitar music of Chris Olson. Olson is a Twin Cities based guitarist and educator, and is currently Adjunct Faculty in Music at Luther College. He received his Master of Music from the University of North Texas.  His set list includes:
Tenor Madness, by Sonny Rollins
Valentune, by Chris Olson
When All’s Said and Dumb, by Chris Olson
Here’s That Rainy Day, Jimmy Van Heusen
Take the “A” Train, by Billy Strayhorn
Motion Syndrome, by Chris Olson
St. Thomas, by Sonny Rollins
Yards, by Chris Olson

Concert link

On March 24, Jonathon Struve, baritone, and Brooke Joyce, piano, will perform selected art songs.  The selections are from Möricke Lieder by Hugo Wolf – including “Auf ein altes Bild” and “Gebet”; selections from Five Mystical Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams – “Love Bade me Welcome” and “The Call”; two movements of Out of the Depths by Brook Joyce and Litany by John Musto.  Struve, Adjunct Faculty in Music at Luther College, holds a Ph.D. with an emphasis in vocal literature from the University of Iowa. He is active as a recitalist, specializing in French, German, and English art song, and is cantor at Good Shepherd. Joyce is Professor of Music and Composer-in-Residence at Luther College and Director of Music at Good Shepherd. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University.  Concert link

On March 31, Jazz Duo: Jon Ailabouni, trumpet, and Chris Olson, guitar, will premiere some of Ailabouni’s original compositions created in the last year. The new works reflect on the loneliness in quarantine and self-isolation, and the state of democracy in the wake of the insurrection at the Capitol. Ailabouni is Adjunct Faculty in Music at Luther College, and received his Master of Music in Jazz Studies from Western Michigan University.  Concert link