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Mark Fakler Performs at Carnegie Hall

By Staff | Feb 21, 2017

WAVERLY — Mark Fakler of West Bend was one of 44 Wartburg College students to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Sunday, Feb. 19, as part of “The Glory of Freedom: A Concert to Honor Our Veterans.”

The concert was in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Lee Nelson, Ritterchor director and the Patricia R. Zahn Endowed Chair in Choral Conducting, will conduct Randall Thompson’s “The Testament of Freedom” in honor of President’s Day.

The 44 participating members of Ritterchor joined more than 250 other singers from 18 ensembles and a full orchestra for “The Testament of Freedom.” Individual ensembles had been rehearsing on their own and then had three rehearsals with the guest conductors prior to the concert.

Ritterchor was founded in 1997 and follows Wartburg’s rich German Luth-eran tradition of choral singing. Translated from German to English, Ritterchor means “Knights Choir.”