Luther Varsity Band and Wind and Percussion Ensemble concert April 18

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Luther College's Varsity Band and Wind and Percussion Ensemble will perform their spring concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther campus.

The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The Varsity Band, led by Adjunct Faculty Member James Fritz, will perform "Fanfare and Flourishes for a Festive Occasion" by James Curnow, "Fandango" composed by Frank Perkins and arranged by Floyd Werle, "Blue and Green Music" by Samuel Hazo, Symphonic Dance No. 3 "Fiesta" by Clifton Williams and "National Emblem" by E. E. Bagley.

Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music Joan deAlbuquerque will take the baton for the Wind and Percussion Ensemble portion of the concert. The program includes "Home Again" by David Gillingham, "English Dances" by Malcolm Arnold, "A Movement for Rosa" by Mark Camphouse and "Barnum and Bailey's Favorite" by Karl King.

Serving as preparation for eventual membership in the Wind and Percussion Ensemble or Concert Band, the Luther College Varsity Band rehearses biweekly. The band performs on family weekend and in a formal concert each semester.

The Luther College Wind and Percussion Ensemble, an auditioned group, rehearses three days a week. Their intentional size allows them to perform pieces from the breadth of wind ensemble literature. The band performs in a concert each semester, on family weekend and in chapel services throughout the year.

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.