Luther College Concert Band to perform April 29 in Decorah

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Luther College's Concert Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday,  April 29, at Center for Faith and Life, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa.

The performance, part of the Concert Band spring tour, is open to the public with no cost to attend. The concert will also be streamed live at tinyurl.com/Luther-Video-Stream.

The 2014 Concert Band tour program includes a wide range of both traditional and contemporary band literature such as Charles Lloyd Barnhouse's 1888 composition "The Battle of Shiloh" and James M. David's "Two Lane Blacktop" from 2013. Other selections include Symphony No. 3 by Vittorio Giannini, "Lullaby for Noah" by Joseph Turrin and "Vientos y Tangos" by Michael Gandolfi. Luther's Xiao Hu, assistant professor of music, will be featured on Joseph Thalken's "Baby Face Nelson and the Femme Fatale."

Concert Band, one of the oldest touring ensembles in the country, is one of Luther's four principal touring ensembles with an annual tour schedule including international travel every four years.

Joan deAlbuquerque was appointed director of bands at Luther College in 2011 following her position as associate director of bands at California State University, Long Beach. As associate professor of music at Luther, she conducts the Luther College Concert Band, Wind and Percussion Ensemble, and also teaches conducting. deAlbuquerque earned a doctor of musical arts degree in wind conduction from the University of North Texas as a student of Eugene Migliaro Coproron, and holds a Master of Music degree in wind conducting from Michigan State University.

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.

Joan deAlbuquerque, associate professor of music and director of bands