Luther College Moment in History #50

Carlo A. Sperati (1860-1945) is best known for his development of the Luther College Concert Band, and was a Luther student from 1884 to 1888. While a Luther student, he organized the Turning Club in 1886. After he graduated, he attended the Norwegian Lutheran Seminary in Minneapolis and in 1905, Sperati became the musical director at Luther College where he remained until 1945, the year of his death. While a member of the Luther faculty, he also taught religion classes, but was most well-known for his music activities. He led the Concert Band on extended European tours, and helping it win international acclaim. He also directed performances of Handel’s Messiah. Sperati was known for his strict discipline, demand for perfection, and patience when working with music students. This photo is circa 1910s.