Concert Band to tour Upper Midwest Oct. 17-19

Oct. 6, 2009

The Luther College Concert Band will undertake its 2009 Upper Midwest Tour Oct. 17-19.

Concert Band will perform at the Davenport West High School Auditorium in Davenport, Iowa, on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m.; at the Glenbard West High School Auditorium in Glen Ellyn, Ill., on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 4:00 p.m.; and at the Winona Middle School in Winona, Minn., on Monday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m.

The band will also perform a tour homecoming concert in the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus Saturday, Oct. 24, at 7:00 p.m.

Conducted by Frederick Nyline, Luther professor of music, the Concert Band will perform selections from the following works: “ Masquerade” by Vincent Persichetti, “Four Scottish Dances” by Malcolm Arnold, and “Humoresque on Swanee” and “The Black Horse Troop” by John Philip Sousa.

A top college band for more than 125 years, the Luther College Concert Band was one of the nation’s first music organizations to tour nationally and internationally.  It continues that tradition with performance tours that have taken the group coast-to-coast in the continental United States, twice to Hawaii, six times to Europe and four times to Japan and East Asia.

The 60-member Luther ensemble ranks among the country’s outstanding college bands. It performs all types of wind literature, including several premieres of new music.

The Luther College Concert Band has performed at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City; Tivoli Garden, Copenhagen, Denmark; Kumamoto Prefectural Theater, Kumamoto, Japan; and the Bergen International Festival, Bergen, Norway. It has been selected to appear at many state and national music conferences and has made numerous appearances on public television and radio.

Frederick Nyline