CAS March 2018 

Family Concert | Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis

Saturday, March 10 | 11:00 am

Minneapolis Civic OrchestraBring the whole family for this kid-friendly concert with the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis. The concert includes works by Franz Schubert, Charles Ives, Christopher Gable, and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. It even includes a tour through the orchestra!  


Sara Aimee Smiseth | Tracing Edvard Grieg

Sunday, March 18 | 3:30 pm | Chapel

Come enjoy this educational concert given by Sara Aimee Smiseth, pianist/lecturer/musicologist on the beautiful new Steinway in the chapel! Tracing Edvard Grieg is an attempt to approach the person behind the music that has charmed and engaged audiences for more than a hundred years. In 2018, it will be 175 years since the birth of Norway’s most well-known composer. Through some of the lesser-known work, Smiseth will present a portrait of a man who lived to experience both struggles and great achievements.

About Sara Aimee Smiseth

Sara Aimee SmisethSara Aimée Smiseth (b. 1986) pursued her musical education at the Norwegian Academy of Music and the Royal Conservatory of Brussels with professors Einar Steen--‐Nøkleberg, Einar Henning Smeby, and Jan Michiels. She has also studied Musicology at the University of Oslo. In 2007, she won the regional and national rounds of the Young Musicians Competition in the highest age group. In recent years she has performed close to fifty solo recitals and lecture--‐concerts throughout Norway. Smiseth has distinguished herself as répétiteur and accompanist for numerous choirs, among them, the Norwegian Soloists' Choir and World Youth Choir. She has worked with conductors such as John Rutter, Bob Chilcott, Grete Pedersen, Anders Eby, Steven Devine and Bernard Labadie. Since 2012, she has been associated with the Norwegian Opera and Ballet as an accompanist, lecturer, and guide. After having pursued the lives and music of composers Frédéric Chopin, Claude Debussy, and Halfdan Kjerulf, Edvard Grieg is now the subject of Smiseth's next musical project.


Iowa State Singers | Iowa State University

Saturday, March 24 | 7:00 pm | Sanctuary

Come hear the Iowa State Singers concert at NLC! They will also join us in worship on Sunday, March 25. Don’t miss this talented group of young singers.
ISU SingersThe Iowa State Singers is a 72-member mixed choral ensemble comprised of students who come from numerous areas of study at Iowa State. This select ensemble performs the finest literature from Renaissance to contemporary, including newly commissioned works. In addition to performing various local concerts, the Singers tour annually and present an authentic Madrigal Dinner every January. Every spring they perform a masterwork with all ISU choirs, most recently Orff's Carmina Burana, Handel's Messiah, Brahms' Requiem, and other such works.

The Iowa State Singers have been honored in recent years with invitations to perform at several highly distinguished conventions, including the 2004, 2005, 2009, and 2010 ACDA conventions in Sioux Falls, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Oklahoma City, and the 2008 and 2011 NCCO National Conferences in Cincinnati and Fort Collins. Thousands of choral conductors from the United States and abroad have responded enthusiastically to the choir's offerings. The members of the Iowa State Singers have been thrilled with these opportunities and gratefully acknowledge their former members, whose commitment to artistry helped to develop one of the very beautiful traditions at Iowa State University.

The Singers have also travelled internationally, singing to critical acclaim in the Baltic States and Scandinavia (2003), China (2006), and Korea (2011), where they shared a concert with the world-renowned Incheon City Chorale.

Admission to the Iowa State Singers is by audition, and is open to students enrolled at Iowa State University regardless of major or year in school.

About the Center for the Arts & Spirituality

Normandale Lutheran Church believes that nurturing the arts is an avenue for the growth of one's spiritual journey. Understanding that all gifts are given from God in Jesus Christ, we facilitate and encourage artistic expression.

cas logoThe Center for the Arts & Spirituality (CAS) strives to cultivate the arts and spirituality in a variety of ways. In addition to written expression, the visual and performing arts invite all to find God in ways beyond words. Sculpture, poetry, music, movement, dance, and more allow us to express our faith and grow on our spiritual journey.

Throughout the year, CAS will host Faith in the Arts, an intergenerational and interactive way to engage in various forms of art. The 2016-2017 Faith in the Arts season kicked off with Peace through the Visual Arts, and will also include a music event in January. A literary arts event is planned for fall 2017-2018. Each season will bring festival events, workshops, and opportunities for all ages.

Center for the Arts & Spirituality Workshops will be held throughout the year and are open to all. Many of the workshops and classes will be with artists featured in the Faith in the Arts series. Other workshops will be held in the summer months, such as the Brass Workshop and the upcoming Woodwind Workshop in the summer of 2017.

In addition, a cultivated concert series brings music to all. From the Minneapolis Civic Orchestra Family Concert to the National Lutheran Choir, the concert series brings exceptional music and makes it accessible to all.

For those interested in music lessons, CAS offers applied music lessons with select instructors teaching a variety of instruments for those of all ages wishing to study music.

Most events are free and all are open to the public.

If you have any questions, please contact David Clarke, Director of Music and Worship at Normandale Lutheran Church, at / 952.929.1697 x366.

The Center for the Arts & Spirituality is led by: Dana Arnold, Kris Bigalk, David Clarke, J.D. Devine, Andrea Humphrey, Suzanne Klein, David Linne, and Dorothy Scott.