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Music at the Sesquicentennial Celebration

Have you heard about the Sesquicentennial?

Of course you have! But do you know about all of the exciting ways that the Augsburg Music Department is celebrating Augsburg’s 150th? We’ve started this page to help you keep track – Check back frequently for new announcements and event details.

Augsburg Homecoming (September 27-28, 2019):

Friday Evening Gala

Music students will be providing music during the reception, an all-star alumni band lead by Robert Stack ’71, Ph.D. will keep things rock’in, and current faculty, The Augsburg Choir and choral alums will all perform during the program!  Purchase your tickets today.

Saturday – 10:30 a.m., Homecoming Chapel

The Riverside Singers, Cedar Singers & Centennial Singers will all participate in morning worship – Don’t miss out!

Saturday – 4 p.m., Collage Concert

Join the Augsburg Concert Band, the Augsburg Orchestra, and The Augsburg Choir for a joint performance celebrating Homecoming and the 150th!

Nordic Chamber Recital

More than 500 Nordic scores have not been catalogued. Merilee Klemp ’76, DMA and the extraordinary library staff will catalogue these scores over the next several months and Augsburg Music will host a chamber music concert in the library during Homecoming.

Augsburg Concert Band – Music Commission

The Augsburg Concert Band, directed by Erika Svanoe, DMA has commissioned composer and Augsburg alumnus Brendan Anderson ’04 to write an original piece for band celebrating the University’s Sesquicentennial. The piece will be premiered during the 2019-20 academic year. Brendan visited the Augsburg Concert Band during the 2019 spring semester to meet the students and talk about his plans for the composition.

40th Annual Augsburg University Advent Vespers

More details to come!

Teinda – Original Opera

The opera tells the story of Luis Garzón, a Mexican musician who immigrated to Minneapolis in 1886 and opened a small Mexican grocery store, or tienda, in St. Paul in the 1920s. While Luis had married an American woman and was fully integrated into Minneapolitan society, his store served as a community hub for the newest arrivals from Mexico, many of whom had fled the Mexican Revolution and now toiled in the sugar beet farms of rural Minnesota. Tienda explores the immigrant experience: what must be left behind—and what cannot be forgotten—on the journey to a new home. The opera is composed by Augsburg Music faculty member Reinaldo Moya and will also include the Augsburg Orchestra & The Augsburg Choir.

Original Music Theater Piece – April 2020

Sonja Thompson is working to create a new musical theater piece that tells the story of Augsburg’s values and history. Visit their blog for more details!