Grammy-winning choir performs at PLU

Feb 5th, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyles

The recording “Life and Breath: Choral Works by Rene Clausen” received the Grammy for Best Choral Performance last year. And Clausen will bring The Concordia Choir from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. to perform in Tacoma at 8 p.m. Feb. 26 at Lagerquist Concert Hall on the Pacific Lutheran University campus.

The concert, part of the choir’s 15-day national tour that includes the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii, is among scheduled performances in Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, Minnesota and North Dakota. Tickets are available in advance at and (800) 838-3006. They’ll also be sold at the door.

The concert planned for Pacific Lutheran includes the regional premiere of the new Hans Zimmer choral composition “Aurora.” Zimmer composed the movie scores for the Batman trilogy, “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Superman – Man of Steel,” “Sherlock Holmes,” “Inception” and others. Zimmer wrote this choral piece as his artistic response to the movie theater shootings in Aurora, Colo.

Concordia is a four-year liberal arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Touring nationally and internationally since 1918, the choir has performed in nearly every major hall in the United States.

Clausen, a world-renowned composer and conductor, conducts the 79-voice a cappella choir and is the artistic director of the Emmy-winning Concordia Christmas Concerts seen by audiences of 18,000 each year and televised nationally through PBS (Public Broadcasting Service).

Clausen has written more than 100 commissioned compositions for ensembles across the world, including the St. Olaf Choir and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, he conducted his composition of “Memorial” at Lincoln Center in New York City.

A February 2010 performance and recording session with the Grammy Award-winning King’s Singers and multiple performances on Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion” radio show are also among the choir’s credits.

Conductor Ron Clausen and the Concordia Choir will perform Feb. 26 at Pacific Lutheran University. (Courtesy photo)

Conductor Ron Clausen and the Concordia Choir will perform Feb. 26 at Pacific Lutheran University. (Courtesy photo)