Luther College Concert Band concert April 9

The Luther College Concert Band, under the direction of Joan deAlbuquerque, will present a concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 9, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther campus.

The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission and will be streamed live at stream.luther.edu/music.

The band will perform "Rhapsody for Alto Saxophone" by Andre Waignein, featuring Luther saxophone professor Lynne Hart, "Wild Nights!" by Frank Ticheli, Leonard Bernstein's "Candide Suite" arranged by Clare Grundman and "Tour de Force" by Robert Jager.

The Luther College Concert Band, founded in 1878, is one of the oldest touring organizations in the nation and among the country's most outstanding college bands. Luther's Concert Band has toured throughout the United States, Western Europe and Japan, and has appeared at many state and national music conferences.

In 2016, Concert Band was invited to participate in that year's North Central Regional College Band Director's National Association (CBDNA) conference in Ames, Iowa. Additional recent honors include selection to perform at the 2014 North Central CBDNA conference in Muncie, Indiana and the 2013 Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference in Des Moines, Iowa.

Joan deAlbuquerque, director of bands and associate professor of music, joined the Luther faculty in 2011. She holds a bachelor of music education degree from Michigan State University, a master's degree in wind conducting from Michigan State University, and a doctor of musical arts degree in wind conducting from the University of North Texas.

A regular contributor to the "Teaching Music through Performance in Band" series, deAlbuquerque has also written for the Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma publication, "The Podium." She is on the board of the Northeast Iowa Bandmasters Association as the college affairs representative and is a member of the Iowa Bandmasters Association, CBDNA, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Kappa Phi and Tau Beta Sigma. From 2008 to 2011, she was on the national board of Tau Beta Sigma as vice president of professional relations.

Luther is home to one of the largest undergraduate 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.