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Joy and wonder

David Hetland's murals color Concordia's Christmas concerts with hope and healing

Artist David Hetland's most meaningful work, he always says, looks best in the dark and from a distance.
For 25 years Hetland has designed a hallmark of Concordia College's Christmas concerts--the large, vibrant mural that serves as the backdrop to choirs, orchestra and handbell ringers.

Although the mural stands in the background, its presence distinguishes the Moorhead, Minn., college's concert from other Christmas events. Art blends with the word and music. Eight muslin panels, each 7 feet wide and 20 feet high, enhance sacred song and text.

With the mural, those who attend the annual event not only hear the concert but see it too, says René Clausen, who develops the concerts' themes as conductor of The Concordia Choir.


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