Luther College music ensembles to present Homecoming concerts

Luther College will celebrate Homecoming 2012 Friday through Sunday, Oct. 5-7, bringing more than 5,000 students, alumni and friends of the college to the Luther campus for class reunions, sporting events, music, dance, theater and other events.

Luther's Jazz Orchestra will present a concert at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 in Marty's CyberCafé in the Dahl Centennial Union.

Luther's Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band and Nordic Choir will also present a Homecoming concert at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life.

The concert includes the presentation of the Theodore Presser Scholarship, the Weston H. Noble Award and the Carlo A. Sperati Award. The Theodore Presser Scholarship will be announced at the concert itself. The recipient of the Weston H. Noble Award is Bruce Tammen, class of 1971. The recipient of the Carlo A. Sperati Award is James Ripley, class of 1981.

Both concerts are open to the public with no charge for admission.

The Jazz Orchestra is under the direction of Juan Tony Guzmán, Luther associate professor of music and education. The Luther Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Daniel Baldwin, Luther professor of music. Concert Band is led by Joan deAlbuquerque, Luther director of bands and associate professor of music. Nordic Choir is conducted by Allen Hightower, Luther director of choral activities and professor of music.

Luther College is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the world with seven choirs, three orchestras, three bands, four jazz groups and nearly 1,000 student musicians. Luther students perform in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. More than 350 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, church music and performance.