Praise to the God of all comfort!

CUW’s vocal groups will celebrate the culmination of Christ’s work on earth and in heaven under the theme, “From Darkness to Light: Songs of Comfort.” A concert will be live streamed for one afternoon only on Sunday, Nov. 15 beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Christ the King Celebration
Sunday, Nov. 15
3:30 p.m.
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This will be Concordia’s 37th annual Christ the King Celebration. Started by Kammerchor’s founding director, Dr. Kenneth T. Kosche, the Celebration has developed over the years to include concert and service music, choral and orchestral works, hymn festivals, and the like. This year’s performance will feature three of CUW’s vocal ensembles: Chapel Choir, Selah, and Kammerchor.

Their repertoire will include:

  • “Sleepers, wake!” (from St. Paul) by Felix Mendelssohn
  • “God Is Love, His Mercy Brightens” by Christian F. Witt, arrangement by John Purifoy
  • “O God of Light” by H. Barrie Cabena, arrangement by Frank Ferko
  • “Steal Away” arranged by Patrick Dupre Quigley
  • “Rejoice, the Lord is King” by Mark Edwards
  • “Let All the World in Every Corner Sing” by Andrea Ramsey
  • “Rise, My Soul” arranged by Susan LaBarr
  • “La Fede” by Gioachino Rossini
  • “Erhore mich, wenn ich rufe” by Heinrich Schutz
  • “Lovely Appear” by David von Kampen
  • “How Can I Keep from Singing” by Kirstina Rasmussen Collins
  • “The Storm is Passing Over” by Charles Albert Tindley, arrangment by Barbara W. Baker
  • “Airse, Shine, for Thy Light Has Come” by Kenneth Jennings
  • “Jesu dulcis memoria” by Ludwig van Beethoven
  • “Salmo 150” by Ernani Aguiar
  • “Hail, gladdening light” by Charles Wood
  • “Modimo” arranged by Michael Barrett
  • “Even When He is Silent” by Kim Andre Arnesen
  • “All That Hath Life and Breath, Praise Ye the Lord!” by Rene Clausen
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While Concordia’s singers will be performing live on Sunday, there will be no audience admitted in compliance with COVID-19 protocols. Dr. Alexa Doebele, director of choral activities, has implemented additional practices this semester for the safety of choir students, including mask wearing at all times, physical distancing, outdoor rehearsals, and small-group indoor rehearsals to accommodate choir room capacity.

About the Feast of Christ the King

The Feast of Christ the King is a relatively recent addition to the Church’s liturgical calendar. It was first established in 1925 by Pope Pius XI and was adopted into the Lutheran tradition in the late 1970s. The celebration marks the culmination of the liturgical year (this year falling on Nov. 22), and as such, is celebrated as the culmination of Christ’s work on earth and in heaven. The festival proclaims Christ as “the goal of human history, the focal point of the desires of history and civilization, the center of humankind, the joy of all hearts, and the fulfillment of all aspirations.”

— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at or 262-243-2149.

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