The Luther College Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Daniel Baldwin, will present two concerts. the first will be performed in the Center for Faith and Life, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10. The second, at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 900 Stillwater Road, Mahtomedi, Minn., at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17.
The program will feature internationally renowned pianist, Du Huang, as soloist on Edvard Grieg's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A Minor. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.
In addition to the Grieg concerto, the symphony will perform the Prelude to Act III of "Lohengrin" by Richard Wagner, "Pelléas et Mélisande" Suite, Op. 80 by Gabriel Fauré and "Les Préludes" by Franz Listz.
Symphony Orchestra, Luther's largest and oldest orchestral ensemble, is one of Luther's four main touring ensembles with an annual tour schedule including a three-week residency in Vienna every four years. More than 80 student musicians, representing a variety of academic majors, perform with the orchestra with many also involved in chamber music, choir, band, or a jazz ensemble.
Daniel Baldwin has served as director of orchestral activities at Luther since 1997. In addition to his work as conductor of the Luther College Symphony and Chamber Orchestras and the Opera Workshop, he teaches courses in conducting. He holds a bachelor of music degree (cello) from Furman University and master of music degree (cello) and doctor of musical arts degree (instrumental conducting) from the University of Texas at Austin. Baldwin maintains an active schedule as clinician, guest conductor, and the musical and artistic director of the Lake Chelan Bachfest in Chelan, Wash.
The Luther College Music Department hosts three symphony orchestras, three concert bands, two jazz bands, six choirs, and nearly 1,000 student musicians. Students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons, and master classes. More than 300 music majors study music theory/ear training, history, education, composition, sacred music and performance.