Arrowhead Chorale Presents Concert “The Journey Home”

Created: March 07, 2019 10:18 AM

Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 24 at 3:00 p.m.
First Lutheran Church in Duluth
Arrowhead Chorale will give voice to the concepts of life’s challenging journey towards that sometimes elusive place of peace and rest we call home in its Spring Concert, “The Journey Home.”
Tickets are $20 for adults, $6 for students, and age 12 and under attend for free. Tickets are available online at
The program begins with four 19th century American melodies with texts speaking of multiple journey perspectives. Audiences will be inspired by Ryan Murphy’s contemporary arrangement of Pilgrim Song followed by the shape note hymn Hallelujah from the 1844 collection Sacred Harp. The chorale will also perform The Road Home by Minnesota’s own Stephen Paulus and Nathan Bigler’s setting of the spiritual Wayfaring Stranger. 
The Chorale will be joined by members of Strikepoint, Duluth’s renowned handbell ensemble as the first half comes to a close with Eriks Esenvalds’ song of discovery, Northern Lights. Artistic director Bill Alexander leads Strikepoint.
Organist Velda Bell and pianist Lexy Land will join the chorale through the second half of the concert for two large-scale works for chorus and orchestra. First, audiences will experience the regional premiere of Mack Wilberg’s The Prodigal. With text from the Gospel of Luke and additional libretto by David Warner, this drama finds its musical inspiration in the minimalist tradition of Arvo Pärt, Henryck Górechi, and John Tavener. The choral recitative-like narrative is punctuated in key dramatic points by orchestra and choral expressions of soberness, riotous living, extravagance, loneliness, yearning, and finally, joy and reconciliation. 
The final piece of the concert is English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams’ setting of Walt Whitman’s dramatic poem Toward the Unknown Region. Called a “choral song with orchestra,” this piece captures the fear of treading into the unknown, the courage to move forward amidst uncertainty, and the unbounded joy of fulfillment and discovery that defines this journey of a lifetime. 
Arrowhead Chorale is a non-profit vocal ensemble located in Duluth. The talented group is led by artistic director Dr. Matthew LeRoy Faerber and consists of experienced singers and a working Board of Directors. In its 29th year, the group continues to actively provide ambitious and memorable programming for the Twin Ports. 

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