The Luther College Concert Band and Jazz Orchestra will perform in concert together at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 24, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus.
Joan deAlbuquerque, director of bands and associate professor of music, directs the Concert Band and Juan Tony Guzmán, associate professor of music and director of the jazz program, directs the Jazz Orchestra.
The Concert Band will perform works by Timothy Mahr, David Gillingham, Leonard Bernstein, Bach, and John Philip Sousa. Works include Fantasia in G, a joyful celebration for winds and percussion; "Be Thou My Vision," a heartfelt, expressive and inspiring piece inspired by the hymn tune "Slane;" and "Slava!," a vaudevillian razz-ma-tazz tune filled with side-slipping modulations and sliding trombones.
The Jazz Orchestra will perform works "Kinda Dukish/Rockin' in Rhythm," a groove that happily moves along; and "High Maintenance," a swinging shuffle that was originally recorded by the Gordon Goodwin Phat Band; as well as "Moose the Mooche," "Newport," "Hoe-Down" and "Ellis Island."
Founded in 1878, the Concert Band is one of the oldest touring organizations in the nation and among the country's outstanding college bands. Luther's Concert Band has toured throughout the United States, Western Europe and Japan, and has been selected to appear in many state and national music conferences.
Luther's Jazz Orchestra is recognized as one of the outstanding college jazz ensembles in the Upper Midwest and bridges many different styles of jazz. The Jazz Orchestra travels annually and tours abroad every four years. Their most recent trip took them to Brazil in 2012 where they were featured in the "Festival No Improviso" and performed for audiences in Säo Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
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.