Nunc dimittis (for mixed chorus)

download Nunc dimittis (Allegheny/Jamison) [ mp3 - 2.4 MB ]
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I composed this in 1973 shortly after the death of Morten J. Luvaas, to whose memory it is dedicated. The first recording given here is of a performance by The Allegheny College Choir, conducted by Ward Jamison, from a concert they gave in Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (home of the Pittsburgh Symphony). It was given for a gathering of the Allegheny College alumni in the Pittsburgh area.

The concert was part of a year-long commemoration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the founding of The Allegheny Singers by Morten J. Luvaas. The composer sang with this group and studied with Luvaas, 1950-1952, when he was a student at Allegheny College before transferring to the Eastman School of Music.

The second recording found here is of the first performance of the composition (early 1986, I believe) by the choir of the Lutheran Church of the Incarnation in Rochester NY. The conductor was Richard Erickson who, the last I knew, was in charge of music at a Lutheran Church in New York City.