Philharmonia to perform concert April 18

Luther College's Philharmonia will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther campus. This event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The program features: "Battalia" by Heinrich Biber, "Coriolan Overture" by Beethoven, the overture to "Don Giovanni" by Mozart, "English Folk Song Suite" by Vaughan Williams and "Crown Imperial March" by William Walton.

The Luther College Philharmonia Orchestra is directed by Spencer Martin, professor of music.  

Martin has performed and taught at music festivals throughout the U.S., Canada, Israel and Europe. He has performed in the viola sections of the Minnesota Orchestra, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. He also released a CD in 2012 titled "Gems Rediscovered."

Martin earned a bachelor's degree in voice performance and graduated cum laude from Butler University. He also holds a master of music degree in viola performance from Wichita State University and a doctoral degree in viola performance from the University of Minnesota.

Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation, with six choirs, three orchestras, three bands, two jazz bands and more than 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. Nearly 275 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.