CLU Choir ends tour with home concert

Program features music from Colorado performances

Founded in 1961, the CLU Choir is the university’s premiere choral ensemble.

Photo: Brian Stethem

(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – March 13, 2013) After completing a weeklong performance tour of Colorado, the California Lutheran University Choir will present a concert on campus in Samuelson Chapel at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2.

The CLU Women’s Chorale will join the choir for the annual Home Concert.

The varied program will feature works performed during seven Colorado concerts. One featured work is “Magnificat,” which was composed by Englishman Ralph Vaughan Williams for chorus, piano, flute and mezzo-soprano solo. Senior music major Susannah Ruth of Thousand Oaks will be the soloist. Another is “O Magnum Mysterium,” a multimedia work written by U.S. composer Libby Larsen for chorus and pre-recorded seven-track solo voice with sitar, vibraphone and bells, and laptop computer.

The concert will include works by contemporary composers Javier Busto, Ola Gjeilo and Kenneth Jennings and music for choir and saxophone featuring musician Nicole Hovland of Canyon Country. As always, the program will conclude with folk songs, spirituals and gospel songs.

Wyant Morton, chair of the Music Department, will conduct the 50-voice choir.

Founded in 1961, the CLU Choir is the university’s premiere choral ensemble. It has toured throughout the United States and in England, Italy, Norway and Sweden. It has performed at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York City. The choir has earned a reputation for its commitment to performing the finest in choral literature from all eras in the original languages. While dedicated to performing works that represent the university’s Lutheran heritage, the choir also embraces innovative new music and multicultural pieces.

The chapel is located south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive on the Thousand Oaks campus.

Donations will be accepted. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit