Luther College Jazz Orchestra will present its annual fall concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther campus.The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.
The Jazz Orchestra will perform a diverse repertoire of works from the beginnings of the jazz era to recent jazz compositions and arrangements. The concert will open with the Stan Kenton Orchestra's version of "Malagueña." The piece features a French horn section composed of students of Rebecca Boehm Shaffer, Luther adjunct faculty in music, which will be incorporated into the Jazz Orchestra for this piece.
The Vocal Jazz Ensemble will perform five pieces including "I'll Be Seeing You" by Irving Kahal and Sammy Fain, and "Prime Time Blues" by Anders Edenroth. The Vocal Jazz Ensemble is under the direction of Valerie Krych and Jacob Schnabel, both Luther music students.
In the second half of the program, Luther seniors Karla Dietmeyer, violin, and Olivia Hahn, cello, will present their original composition, a crossover between bluegrass and jazz. Ehler Orngard, 2009 Luther graduate, will join them on banjo.
The Jazz Orchestra has been recognized throughout the Midwest as an elite collegiate ensemble. Most recently the group performed at the Iowa Jazz Championships as the featured college jazz band at the April 2012 event in Des Moines.
The group also recorded a CD for the first time in seven years. The CD, "Transformations: Celebration Jazz at Luther," was released in 2010.
The Jazz Orchestra is under the direction of Juan Tony Guzmán, Luther associate professor of music and education.
Guzmán holds the bachelor's degree from Luther, the master's degree and an associate degree from Florida State University as well as a degree in electromechanical engineering from the Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in Santiago, Dominican Republic. He frequently serves as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator at music events nationwide.
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.