Whitman College Chorale to perform 'Lux Aeterna' Saturday

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WALLA WALLA — Lux Aeterna, a choral work by American composer Morten Lauridsen, will be performed by the Whitman College Chorale, conducted by Jeremy Mims with organist Melissa Loehng, at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cordiner Hall, 46 S. Park St.

Lauridsen will give a short presentation prior to the performance.

Lux Aeterna is a cycle of vocals sung in Latin, and based on the theme of light from various sacred texts. Lauridsen wrote of it “Lux Aeterna — Eternal Light — is an intimate work of quiet serenity centered around a universal symbol of hope, reassurance, goodness and illumination at all levels.”

Lauridsen is a National Medal of Arts recipient in 2007, named “American Choral Master” by the National Endowment of the Arts in 2005, was composer-in-residence of the Los Angeles Master Chorale in 1994-2001 and for more than 40 years the distinguished professor of composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.

He has written numerous choral works that have been performed world-wide. His works have been recorded in more than 100 CDs.

Five of these were Grammy nominated. He and his work are the subjects of two documentaries, one which will air on PBS this year.

The concert is free.

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