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The Luther College Homecoming Concert, featuring the college's premiere touring ensembles, will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, in the Center for Faith and Life. The concert includes performances by the Luther Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Baldwin; Nordic Choir, conducted by Allen Hightower; and Concert Band, conducted by Joan deAlbuquerque.
The concert, open to the public with no charge for admission, will be streamed live.
The Symphony Orchestra will perform works by William Walton and Leonard Bernstein. The ensemble will also perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of "Defense of Fort McCoy" written Francis Scott Key, a poem that later became the lyrics to the National Anthem of the United States.
The Concert Band will perform works by Dmitri Shostakovich, Adam Gorb, J.S. Bach, and John Philip Sousa. The band will also perform the premiere of a work composed by Sydney Kjerstad, Luther alumna, who wrote the piece in memory of her late uncle and grandmother who both passed away last year from pancreatic cancer. Kjerstad says her composition is dedicated to all those who have struggled with pancreatic cancer, in hopes of "focusing on hope in the midst of the suffering."
Nordic Choir will perform works by William Byrd, F. Melius Christiansen, Susan LaBarr, Southern Harmony, Pavel Chesnokov, a piece by Oscar Hammerstein and Jerome Kern, as well as an arrangement by Lynn K. Pickett.
The concert includes the presentation of the Weston H. Noble Award to James Johnson, class of 1975, the Carlo A. Sperati Award to Willard Linnevold, class of 1937 and the Theodore Presser Scholarship and the Richard C. and Joann M. Hemp Prize, to be announced and awarded the afternoon of the concert.