It will be a busy weekend of music at Wartburg College with five ensembles offering home concerts on April 2 and 3.  

The Wartburg College Symphonic Band, Kantorei and Handbell Choir will perform free concerts Saturday, April 2. St. Elizabeth Chorale and Ritterchor will finish out the weekend with Sunday afternoon performances. All performances are open to the public. 

The Symphonic Band concert will begin at 2 p.m. in Neumann Auditorium on Wartburg’s campus. Kantorei and the Handbell Choir will give a joint concert at 4 p.m. in the Wartburg Chapel.  

On Sunday, St. Elizabeth Chorale, the college’s high voices choir, will perform at 2 p.m., and Ritterchor, a low voices choir, will perform at 4 p.m. Both concerts are in Wartburg Chapel.  

Wartburg’s Symphonic Band performs several on-campus concerts throughout the year in addition to performances around the community. The group represents students of all class standings and academic majors on campus and is directed by Leon Kuehner.  

The college’s chapel choir, Kantorei, is a mixed ensemble directed by Karen Black. The choir performs a variety of sacred music and provides leadership for campus worship. Black also directs the Handbell Choir. 

The St. Elizabeth Chorale performs a variety of treble literature from different historical periods in music, singing both accompanied and a cappella selections for events on and off campus. The ensemble takes its name from Saint Elizabeth (1207-1231) a famous resident of the college’s namesake, the Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, Germany, who devoted her life to service. 

Ritterchor, which means “Knights Choir” in German, performs a variety of literature for events on and off campus. While working in a fun and friendly environment, Ritterchor members seek to produce a sound distinct and unique to a superior low voice choir. 


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