Since 1986, the orchestra has made international travel an integral part of its musical experience. The international tour in May of 2009 included stops in Italy, Austria and Hungary, where the orchestra performed works by Beethoven, Copland, Dvorák and others for international audiences in cathedrals, churches and concert halls.
The most recent international tour took place in May of 2014, when The Concordia Orchestra toured the Holy Land, performing concerts in Bethlehem, I'billin, Ramallah and Jerusalem. Several members of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music joined the Concordia Orchestra for the concerts in the Convention Palace in Bethlehem and the Cultural Palace in Ramallah. The orchestra was honored to receive an invitation from Munib Younan, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, to perform for the members of COCOP (The Coordination Committee for Cooperation between the ELCJHL and Overseas Partners) at the International Center in Bethlehem.
The Concordia Orchestra has performed at the National Association for Music Education; as the principal orchestra at Kunstfest, an art and music festival held once every five years in Kassel, Germany; and also has performed at the Prague Spring Festival in the Czech Republic.
About the Conductor
The Concordia Orchestra is under the direction of Kevin Sütterlin. Prior to his appointment at Concordia, Sütterlin served in several functions at the University of Memphis, Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, including Chief Assistant Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra, Acting Music Director of the Chamber Orchestra, and Acting Music Director of Opera.Read BIO
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