Wartburg’s Castle Singers coming to Marshalltown

WAVERLY – The Wartburg College Castle Singers will be performing in Marshalltown on April 27-28, on their four-state national tour.

The 33-member jazz ensemble will be singing at 8 p.m. April 27 at Miller Middle School, 125 S. 11th St. Admission is a free-will donations. They will perform at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Elim Lutheran Church’s worship service, 302 West Church St.

The Castle Singers are the only U.S. Lutheran college choir of its kind.

The “Jazz for all Seasons” section of the program will feature songs like “Summertime” by George Gershwin and “It Might as Well Be Spring” by Richard Rodgers. The “World of Jazz” set includes music from composers around the world.

Also in the repertoire is “Jazz Mass” by composer Craig Curry of Wichita, Kan., which was commissioned for the Castle Singers.

“The Jazz Mass has been wonderful because it provides an avenue for the Castle Singers to lead worship,” said Jane Andrews, Castle Singers director and professor of music. “It is the complete liturgy set in very sophisticated, but ‘hip,’ musical styles of jazz.”

The Castle Singers will be on the road April 19-28 for other performances in Pella, Dubuque and Keokuk; Memphis, Tenn.; Shreveport and New Orleans, La.; and Springfield, Ill.