The Luther College Symphony Orchestra, Luther’s largest and oldest orchestral ensemble, maintains an active rehearsal and performance schedule during the academic year, from early September to late May.
On two occasions since 1997 I have traveled to Europe with the Luther College Symphony Orchestra, enjoying month-long January residencies in Vienna, Austria and performing in such venues as the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz and the Vienna Konzerthaus. The Luther College Symphony tours annually in the US; since 1997, the Luther orchestra has completed eleven major American tours, performing in at least twenty states.
I am also very proud of the special contributions of our Symphony Orchestra on festive, ceremonial occasions. In March 2011 Symphony Orchestra performed for the closing session of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, held on our campus. In April 2011 we presented the world premiere of a Stephen Paulus oratorio—Luther Mass, commissioned for the college's 150th birthday party. We performed the piece on campus (April 16) and again at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis (April 17). Six months later, on October 13, 2011, as part of the college's sesquicentennial celebration, our Symphony Orchestra performed for the King and Queen of Norway, visiting on our campus.
Every spring, Symphony Orchestra plays during commencement weekend (Music Showcase); in the fall we perform during our Luther College homecoming weekend.
Berlioz; Harold in Italy
Bernstein; Dance Episodes, from On the Town
Brahms; Symphony No. 2
Copland; The Red Pony, Film Suite
Dvorák; Symphony No. 9 ("From the New World")
Falla; Three Dances, from The Three-Cornered Hat
Gershwin; Cuban Overture
Harbison; Remembering Gatsby (Foxtrot for Orchestra)
Hovhaness; And God Created Great Whales
Liszt; Les Préludes
Mussorgsky-Ravel; Pictures at an Exhibition
Respighi; Pines of Rome
Saint-Saëns; Symphony No. 3 ("Organ")
Sibelius; Symphony No. 1
Stravinsky; Firebird Suite (1919)
Tchaikovsky; Symphony No. 4
Vaughan Williams; Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
Wagner; Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Walton; Henry V Suite
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