The Wartburg College Castle Singers and Kammerstreicher are thrilled to embark on a 22-day international tour of Germany (May 2-8), Denmark (May 9-11), Sweden (May 12-13), Norway (May 14-19) and Iceland (May 20-21). We are excited to renew relationships with our German friends in Nidderau, Eisenach, and Boizenberg and build new ones in Scandinavia. This tour will mark the inaugural performance of both ensembles in the Wartburg Castle, namesake for our college in Waverly, IA. Celebrating this milestone with us is college president and first lady, Darrel and Christy Colson, Chairman of the college’s board of regents, Mike and Marge McCoy, Dr. Brian Ernsting, dean of the faculty, Dr. Brian Pfaltzgraff, music department chair, and several students’ parents and grandparents. We are grateful for the village who supported these teams in this endeavor!
The Wartburg College Castle Singers are not only thrilled to collaborate with members of Kammerstreicher for the second year in a row but also to have the ensemble’s director, Dr. Jacob Tews, traveling, conducting, and performing on their upcoming national tour. As the two chamber ensembles embark on a nine-concert recruitment and enrichment tour through the southeast, they are anticipating two separate programs connected by a late Baroque work, entitled In virtute tua, for chamber choir, two violins and continuo and the world premiere of Dr. Tews’ madrigal for voices and strings. In addition, the Castle Singers eclectic choral program includes Renaissance and modern madrigals, featuring Gerald Finzi’s My Spirit Sang All Day, a global set featuring a raga from South India, and a collection of folksongs, featuring Kenneth Jennings’ arrangement of Rise Up, O Men of God and René Clausen’s arrangement of Softly and Tenderly. The Singers will conclude their tour program with U2’s With or Without You and a Beatle’s set including In My Life, Yesterday, and Eleanor Rigby.
This blog is intended to be a digital diary of the education, experiences and memories of the Wartburg College Castle Singers during our 2015 international tour to Germany and the Czech Republic.
We hope you enjoy these posts and pictures of our experiences!