Luther College Symphony Orchestra to perform April 1 in Decorah

Luther College Symphony Orchestra, Luther's largest and oldest orchestral ensemble, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, at the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther campus in Decorah, Iowa.

The performance is part of the symphony's spring tour of the Upper Midwest and is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The 2014 Symphony Orchestra tour program includes selections from the introduction and Gopak from "The Fair at Sorochinsk" by Modest Mussorgsky, Suite. No. 2 for Small Orchestra by Igor Stravinsky, "Masquerade Suite" by Aram Khachaturian and Symphony No. 1 in C minor by Johannes Brahms.

The orchestra, made up of more than 80 student musicians, tours annually throughout the United States and maintains a three-week residency in Vienna, Austria, every four years.

Daniel Baldwin, Luther professor of music, is the conductor of the Symphony Orchestra.

Baldwin earned a Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance from Furman University and a Master of Music in cello performance and Doctor of Musical Arts in instrumental conducting from the University of Texas.

Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the world with six choirs, three bands, three orchestras, two jazz bands and numerous chamber ensembles, totaling nearly 1,000 student musicians. Luther's students perform 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, church music and performance.