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Concordia Masterworks brings triumphant end to the Music Department season

4/26/2024 - 2 minute read

With final performances and concerts going underway, the Concordia Choir and Donne Di Canto chorus, alongside the Master Chorale and the Masterworks Orchestra, gave an expressive grand finale to the year with their Masterworks Concert of Maurice Durufle’s “Requiem” and Ralph Vaughan William’s “Sancta Civitas (The Holy City).” 

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Known most notably for his work on the movie "Whiplash", John Wasson is a sought after composer and arranger for orchestral music.

Visit from Composer John Wasson inspires Concordia Wind Orchestra

4/12/2024 - 3 minute read

As students in the Music Department work diligently to fine tune their craft, they were recently given the opportunity to learn and work alongside a well respected professional in the field, John Wasson. Across the third week of March, composer and arranger Wasson paid a visit to the Music Department and gave a series of masterclasses, clinics and a final concert with the Concordia Wind Orchestra.

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Video Game Concert

Video Games Concert showcases an innovative genre of music

4/12/2024 - 2 minute read

When attending an orchestra and choir concert at Concordia, audiences can often expect to hear classical or sacred repertoire. However, the upcoming Video Games Concert on April 13 hopes to defy this expectation and present musical works with a choir and full orchestra celebrating popular games including “Final Fantasy,” “Halo,” “Starfield,” “Skyrim,” “World of Warcraft” and “Civilization.” 

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With rehearsals twice a week the Concordia handbell ensembles strive for excellence in their instruments, while also providing new and innovative handbell repertoire.

Concordia handbells delivers joyous music to the East Coast

3/22/2024 - 2 minute read

As the Music Department prepares for their final concerts of the semester, the Concert and Spirit Bells ensembles are rehearsing for their Home Concert and performance tour across North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. Under the direction of Alex Guebert ‘11 and Erik Der, Community Engagement Director, the Concert and Spirit Bells ensembles allow for students to perform challenging handbell repertoire, sharpen their musical skills, and build a great sense of community. 

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Art pieces in student exhibition

Graphic design student exhibition

3/22/2024 - 0 minute read

On display in the John and Linda Friend Art Gallery in Grimm Hall is an exhibition presenting the work of students in Concordia’s Graphic Design program. The colorful and varied display of art pieces can be seen until April 10.

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The Concordia Choir

Concordia Choir takes their music on the road!

2/23/2024 - 2 minute read

With mid-semester break on the horizon, the Music Department is excitedly awaiting this year's Concordia Choir Tour across California, Arizona, Indiana and Michigan. Serving as this year's annual performance tour, The Concordia Choir, under the direction of Dr. Michael Busch, will travel during the duration of mid-semester break, sharing their musical gifts with others.

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With puppet design by Eve Stanton, "Under The Bed" brings children's stuffed animals to life for memorable adventures!

Penguins, monkeys and monsters “Under The Bed,” oh my!

2/23/2024 - 2 minute read

The childhood dreams of stuffed animals and monsters hiding under the bed are coming to life for the Theatre Department with their upcoming production of “Under The Bed.” Written by Brendan Murray, and directed by Tony Vezner, “Under The Bed” follows brother and sister, Jo and Mo, as they conquer the fear of what's hiding under their bed. Along the way, they meet new friends and take whimsical adventures ranging from the North Pole to the South Seas. 

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Concordia's Men's Chorus is ready to delight audiences on Feb. 10 with their light hearted songs and dances.

Love is in the air for the Music Department

2/9/2024 - 2 minute read

In anticipation of the upcoming February holiday, students in the Music Department are preparing for their “Concert for Valentines.” Featuring the Donne Di Canto women's chorus and the Men's Chorus under the direction of Dr. Clarissa Shan, “A Concert for Valentines” has become a yearly tradition for Concordia and is one of the most well attended and highly anticipated concerts of the Music Department season. 

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photos of students from LEST last year

LEST showcases young artists on Concordia's campus

2/9/2024 - 2 minute read

Concordia Irvine is hosting the Lutheran Elementary School Tournament OC once again this year, where elementary schools from California, Nevada, Arizona and Idaho will be competing in a myriad of events. 

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Directed by Sarah Riper and written by Evan Placey, "Girls Like That" will open on Jan. 19th and run until Jan. 28th.

Who runs the world? "Girls Like That"

1/19/2024 - 2 minute read

In an age in which conversations about mental health, feminism and sexism abound, Concordia’s Theatre Department prepares to send an emotional and moving message with their upcoming production of “Girls Like That” by Evan Placey.

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