Christmas Concert Mural Is Bound For Minneapolis

Minneapolis will have a little more Christmas cheer this year. For the first time in seven years, the Concordia Christmas Concert mural will be traveling to the Twin Cities.

Fourteen of the 44 mural panels will make their way east on a semi truck. When the truck arrives at the Minneapolis Convention Center, the stage crew will have less than five hours to hang the panels before rehearsal and two back-to-back performances.

With the change in venue because of construction at Orchestra Hall, the Twin Cities concerts are scheduled prior to the Moorhead performances this year. Twin Cities performances will be on Nov. 29. Moorhead performances will be Dec. 7-9.

The theme that artistic director Dr. René Clausen chose for this year’s concert is “All Are Welcome.”

Since renowned muralist David Hetland passed away in 2006, the mural has stayed in Moorhead. With a new muralist established and a more spacious stage, the time was right to send accompanying art with the music.

“Our Twin Cities network has missed seeing an integral part of the Christmas concert,” says Gordon Moe, associate director of music organizations. “Our hope is that alumni, family and friends will attend the concert and see the beautiful artwork created by new mural artist Paul Johnson.”

Michael Culloton ’98, the new director of three of Concordia’s choirs, used to sing in the concert. Taking in the mural and music together now as a conductor makes the concert even more spectacular for him.

“Seeing the musical and thematic ideas of this year’s concert portrayed on the mural is really special,” he says. “The combination of musical and visual art is what makes Concordia’s Christmas concert stand out as one of the truly great holiday concert events anywhere in the country.”

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