Luther College Varsity Band and Philharmonia concert

The Luther College Varsity Band and Philharmonia ensemble will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus.

Jon Ailabouni, Luther class of 2010 and adjunct faculty in music, directs the Varsity Band and Spencer Martin, Luther associate professor of music, directs the Philharmonia ensemble.

The Varsity Band will perform works by James Barnes, Percy Grainger, Charles Ives, Alfred Reed and Dimitri Shostakovich. They will also perform "Trail of Tears," written about the forced migration of the Native American tribes living in the Southeastern region of the United States. The 1,500 mile march to Oklahoma was named the "Trail of Tears," because of the arduous conditions that resulted in disease, starvation and death for thousands of Native Americans.

Philharmonia will perform "L'Arlésienne Suite No. 2" by Georges Bizet, "English Folk Song Suite" by Ralph Vaughan Williams and from "La traviata," a scene from Act II by Giuseppe Verdi with faculty soloists Karen Kanakis, Luther associate professor of music, and Jacob Lassetter, Luther assistant professor of music.

The Luther College Varsity Band includes about 100 students. The Band appears at a variety of events through out the year including Chapel services, a Family Weekend performance, a Dorian Band Festival performance as well as its own formal concert each semester.

Founded in the 2001-02 academic year, Philharmonia has grown in membership from an ensemble of 15 string players to a symphonic orchestra of approximately 70 members. Formally known as String Orchestra, the group has served the ensemble needs of Luther students and sometimes features the top Decorah High School string and wind players.

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.