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Concordia Seminary Chorus Announces Spring Tour

The Concordia Seminary Chorus, under the direction of Rev. Henry V. Gerike, will visit Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana, Missouri and Manitoba, Canada on its 2002 Spring Tour. All members of the Chorus are Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, students who are preparing to serve as pastors in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. The Chorus will provide evening sacred concerts which include prayer, Scripture reading and congregational singing. In two congregations, the Chorus will offer vocal selections during Sunday morning worship services.

The itinerary for the Chorus’ 2002 Spring Tour is as follows:

Sunday, February 10 – 3:00 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church
600 Water Street
Edwardsville, IL 60205

Saturday, February 16 – 7:00 p.m.
Immanuel Lutheran Church
1021 Spaight Street
Madison, WI 53703

Sunday, February 17 – 9:00 a.m.
Living Christ Lutheran Church
110 North Gammon Road
Madison, WI 53717

Sunday, February 17 – 7:00 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church
222 6th Avenue SW
Rochester, MN 55902

Monday, February 18 – 7:00 p.m.
Immanuel Lutheran Church
1258 Broadway
Fargo, ND 58102

Tuesday, February 19 – 7:00 p.m.
Redeemer Lutheran Church
59 Academy Road
Winnepeg, Manitoba, Canada R3M 0E2

Wednesday, February 20 – 7:00 p.m.
Christ Lutheran Church
320 North 28th Street E
Superior, WI 54880

Thursday, February 21 – 7:00 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church
824 Wisconsin Avenue
Sheboygan, WI 53081

Friday, February 22 – 7:00 p.m.
Immanuel Lutheran Church
2 Michigan Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Saturday, February 23 – 7:00 p.m.
St. Lorenz Lutheran Church
1030 West Tuscola Street
Frankenmuth, MI 48734

Sunday, February 24 – 8:00 & 10:30 a.m.
St. Mark Lutheran Church
7979 Commerce Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48324

Sunday, February 24 – 7:00 p.m.
St. John Lutheran Church
1011 West University Drive
Rochester, MI 48307

Monday, February 25 – 7:00 p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran Church
1126 South Barr Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Sunday, March 10 – 3:30 p.m.
Immanuel Lutheran Church
453 North West Street
Perryville, MO 63775

The Chorus is celebrating its centennial anniversary in 2002. Officially organized on Sept. 2, 1902, the Chorus originally included students, faculty and staff of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. From its beginning, the Chorus was recognized for its excellence and was invited to sing at the 1904 World’s Fair which was held in St. Louis.

Over the past 100 years, the Chorus has traveled in 35 states, including Alaska, and in Canada on its tours. Tours usually span a week in Advent and nearly two weeks in the spring. “By going on these tours, we get to meet great people in congregations throughout the United States,” commented Gerike. “The congregations also get a glimpse of what future pastors may be like.”

On Memorial Day, alumni Chorus members will join members of the 2002 Chorus for a special recording session on the Seminary campus. A new CD, featuring the music to be recorded on Memorial Day plus music being recorded throughout the current academic year, will be released in the fall.

For more information, contact Communications Office, Concordia Seminary, 801 DeMun Ave., St. Louis, MO 63105; 314.505.7375;