The Decorah Chorale will celebrate 18 years of choral music excellence for the greater Decorah area, Midwest and Europe under founder and director John Bay with a farewell concert Sunday, May 4.

The concert will feature a wide range of musical emotions, highlighting the versatility and diversity of selections mastered by the group. From the soul-wrenching visual compilation created by DHS student Micheal Foster for Samuel Barber’s “Agnus Dei” to Meredith Willson’s “Music Man," the audience will experience the power and force of music communication ... from the depths of human inhumanity to the spiritual loftiness of “How Great Thou Art."
Other selections chosen for the evening will include Randall Thompson’s “Ye Shall Have A Song”; Franz Biebl’s “Ave Maria” with the choral trio of Kari Iverson, Annilee Rohrscheib and Alex Gisleson; music from “Sister Act” featuring nine of the more shy and reserved female members of the Chorale; Billy Joel’s “Lullabye” arranged for this concert by Chorale member and Luther assistant professor of music Amy Englesdorfer; “We Rise Again” featuring soloist Karen Foster; and the traditional Gaelic blessing, “May the Road Rise Up to Meet You”.
Admission to the concert is complimentary, with a free-will offering available. Audience members are invited to join Bay and members of the Chorale in a reception following the concert. The celebration begins at 7 p.m.,  at Decorah Lutheran Church (309 Winnebago), Sunday, May 4.