Fine Arts Series

We have several wonderful events coming up in the next few months as a part of the Music & Fine Arts Series at St. Luke’s. For more information, check out our Facebook Page or our bulletin board near the parking lot door. If you have any questions, please contact Michael Schaner, Director of Music Ministries.

St. Olaf Handbell Choir in concert

St. Olaf College has a tradition of musical excellence and their handbell choir program adheres to these high standards. The premier ensemble, the St. Olaf Handbell Choir, will be presenting a concert at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church on Saturday, February 29 th at 7:30 pm. There will be no admission cost for the concert but a free will offering will be taken. On their weekend tour they will be performing in River Falls and Waukesha Wisconsin and Rochester and Northfield MN.

The program includes something for everyone: original compositions, classical and hymn arrangements, spirituals, and even a little movie music. It will feature a bell soloist and arrangements with violin and flute. The tour will also be the premiere performances of a new composition titled Pale Blue Dot by Jason Krug. The piece was written to commemorate conductor Jill Mahr’s twenty-five years directing handbell choirs at St. Olaf College. Performing at St. Luke’s is special to Jill because their Director of Music Ministries, Michael Schaner, is a graduate of St. Olaf College.

The thirteen-member choir is the premier ensemble in a program of three handbell choirs at St. Olaf College. The ensemble is an auditioned group that meets twice a week for 70 minutes. On campus they perform for chapel and church services, and an annual spring concert with all the handbell choirs. In addition, they regularly perform off campus church services and concerts. They performed their first kid’s concert in 2007 and enjoyed it so much they have made it a biennial event. Twenty years ago the group began touring. They have performed in many cities in Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa. Just this past Christmas they once again participated in the critically acclaimed St. Olaf Christmas Festival for which they have premiered Glories Ring, Joyous Noel and Gladsome Bells, all written by faculty member Steven Amundson for handbells and orchestra. The choir plays five octaves of Malmark handbells and five and a half octaves of Malmark handchimes.

Collaborative Concert

Ankeny High School Concert Choir, Luther College Aurora, and Wartburg College Castle Singers will come together for one night only in a celebration of song unlike any you’ve heard before. This collaborative performance at St. Luke’s will be the public’s only opportunity to hear these ensembles in the Milwaukee area this year.

The collaborative concert will be held on Wednesday, March 4 at 7:30 pm at St. Luke’s. A free will donation will be taken to benefit all three ensembles. A reception will follow the concert in our hospitality area.

Wisconsin Philharmonic Shining Stars Recital

Come hear the scholarship winners from the Wisconsin Philharmonic Shining Stars auditions in recital on Tuesday, April 28 at 7:00 pm. Tickets available at the door, and more information to come.

An Evening with LSM

An Evening with LSM celebrates the partnership of congregations with Lutheran Summer Music, a month-long music camp held at Valparaiso University. An Evening with LSM showcases what a typical evening at LSM looks like with a recital followed by a service of Evening Prayer. The recital will consist of alumni, current students, and friends of LSM. A free-will offering will be collected for LSM’s scholarship fund. Michael Schaner, Director of Music Ministries, went to LSM in 2005 and 2006. It helped shape his career as a church musician. A light reception will follow Evening Prayer.

Master Singers of Milwaukee

Master Singers of Milwaukee will present Bach’s St. John Passion on Sunday, May 3rd at 3:00 pm at St. Luke’s. More information will be coming, but tickets can be purchased in advance at For more information, contact Michael Schaner, Director of Music Ministries.