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Wartburg College Castle Singers and Kammerstreicher Orchestra to Perform Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and Other Notable Works

Mar 04, 2019 01:02PM ● By Hannah Ott

Naperville - Violinist Matthew Jacobson will return to his hometown with the Wartburg College Castle Singers and Kammerstreicher to perform Tuesday, March 5, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 815 S. Washington St., Naperville. 

The 7pm performance is open to the public. A freewill donation will be accepted to support Wartburg’s ensemble tours and music programming.

The Castle Singers, a chamber vocal ensemble under the direction of Nicki Bakko Toliver, will perform varying selections, such as “Simple Gifts” by René Clausen, “Sourwood Mountain” and “Black Sheep” by John Rutter and “Smile” by Charlie Chaplin. 

Contemporary works also will be featured, including “From Now On” from the motion picture The Greatest Showman and “All of Us” by Craig Hella Johnson from the oratorio Considering Matthew Shepard.

“As musical ambassadors for Wartburg College, we look forward to sharing this unique program with audiences throughout the Midwest. We hope our patrons find our concerts to be meaningful, uplifting and entertaining,” Toliver said.

Kammerstreicher, a chamber orchestra under the direction of Jacob Tews, will perform selections composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Felix Mendelssohn and Antonin Dvorak alongside pop tunes like “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen.

“We are excited to bring a concert of incredible variety to Naperville,” Tews said. “There will certainly be something for everyone on this program.”

The Castle Singers captivated audiences in Iowa and around the world since its inception in 1950, joining the Wartburg Choir and the Wartburg Wind Ensemble as the college’s flagship touring ensembles. In 2016, Kammerstreicher (German for “chamber strings”) accompanied the Castle Singers on tour and a new partnership was born.

“The collaboration between the Castle Singers and Kammerstreicher is a unique offering among collegiate touring ensembles,” said Stephanie Klemetson, Wartburg’s music tour, camp and promotion manager. 

“It is exciting to witness the innovative programming and synergy they create together. You can see it in the faces of the performers. They love every minute making music together.”

In 2016, Kammerstreicher accompanied the Castle Singers on tour and a new partnership was born. 

For more information, contact Emily Christensen, Wartburg College Marketing & Communication Office, at 319-352-8347 or

Source: Marketing and Communications