Symphony Orchestra to perform Nov. 14

Oct. 28, 2010

The Luther College Symphony Orchestra will perform in concert Sunday, Nov. 14, at 4 p.m., in the Center for Faith and Life main hall.

The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The orchestra, directed by Daniel Baldwin, Luther professor of music, will perform Overture to "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Op. 21 by Felix Mendelssohn, "The Red Pony" film suite by Aaron Copland, "Fantasia"on a Theme by Thomas Tallis" composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra by George Gershwin featuring Xiao Hu, Luther adjunct faculty in music, on piano.

The Luther College Symphony Orchestra, Luther’s largest and oldest orchestral ensemble, maintains an active rehearsal and performance schedule during the academic year. More than 85 student musicians perform with Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to regular concerts featuring masterworks of the standard orchestral literature, Symphony Orchestra performs new music on a regular basis. Since 2001 the orchestra has presented four world premieres. Members of the orchestra also perform with the Luther College choirs in periodic performances of major choral-orchestral works, and in the annual Christmas at Luther festival performances. 

Symphony Orchestra tours annually throughout the United States and maintains a three-week residency in Vienna, Austria, every four years, most recently in January 2007. In Vienna, the group rehearses, attends operas and concerts, and performs in venues such as Vienna Konzerthaus. Recent domestic tours have included trips to the Pacific Northwest, the Great Plains States, the Southeast and the Upper Midwest.

The orchestra engages local and regional high school students through several educational opportunities. Each February, Symphony Orchestra hosts more than 200 high school string players at the annual Dorian Orchestra Festival.

In cooperation with music specialists for the Decorah School District, the Symphony Orchestra has presented special programs of music for elementary school children in northeast Iowa.

Five chairs in the orchestra benefit from endowed scholarships provided by Luther donors.

Before joining the Luther faculty, Baldwin held conducting positions at Central Washington University, the Brevard Music Center and the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras.

He received his formal training in string pedagogy as a teacher in the nationally acclaimed University of Texas String Project.

A 1991 conducting fellow of the Conductor’s Institute of the University of South Carolina and former cellist with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, Baldwin is a recipient of the Central Washington University Parents Association Excellence in Teaching Award.