Winter concert ‘Call to Prayer’ collaborates with the Augsburg Choir, Zafer Tawil, as well as commissions new work by Joshua Fishbein.
The National Lutheran Choir will present a winter concert entitled ‘Call to Prayer’ on Sunday, March 4th at 4pm at the Adath Jeshurun Congregation Synagogue, Minnetonka. With performances from a variety of guest artists (the Augsburg Choir, Zafer Tawil, Joshua Fishbein, and Hazzan Joanna Dulkin), this innovative program embodies the music from three sacred prayer traditions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.
Concluding a landmark season dedicated to the art and legacy of the Protestant Reformation, this program delves into the universal human longing for connection with God expressed through prayer. The intimate, introspective, and communal act of prayer has been tied to musical traditions of cultures for millennia. Call to Prayer opens a door to further explore and experience the music of prayer in three modern religions.
Joshua Fishbein (b. 1984), based in Baltimore, MD and the second guest artist, is composer of the National Lutheran Choir’s most recent commission entitled Allahu Echad: God is One. A combination of the Islamic adhan (traditional call for worship) and the Hebrew oseh shalom prayer texts, the piece focuses on the “one-ness” of God, and is voiced for SATB choir and violin.
Collaborating on Allahu Echad: God is One will be the third guest artist, Zafer Tawil. A Jerusalem-born Palestinian musician and multi-instrumentalist, Tawil is familiar to Twin Cities’ audiences through his work with The Rose Ensemble (Jordan Sramek, Artistic Director) and frequent Schubert Club performer mezzo-soprano, Clara Osowski.
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About the National Lutheran Choir
hymns, choral classics, contemporary works, spirituals and major new works commissioned by the NLC. Much of this influential new work is featured in “The National Lutheran Choir Series,” published by Morningstar Music.