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What: Luther College Symphony Orchestra performance at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church
Where: 900 Stillwater Rd, Mahtomedi, Minnesota
When: 4 p.m. Sunday, November 17
Concert info: or call 1-800-4 LUTHER
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September 30, 2013     For immediate release
Contact: Kate Haller, Luther College Assistant Coordinator for Music Organizations and Marketing
Phone: (563) 387-1737

Luther College Symphony Orchestra to perform in Twin Cities on November 17

DECORAH, Iowa - The Luther College Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Baldwin will present a concert at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 900 Stillwater Rd, Mahtomedi, Minnesota at 4 p.m. Sunday, November 17. 

The program will feature internationally renown pianist, Du Huang, as soloist on Edvard Grieg’s "Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A Minor". The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission. The audience is invited to join the orchestra for a reception following the performance.

In addition to the Grieg concerto, the symphony will perform the Prelude to Act III of "Lohengrin" by Richard Wagner, "Pelléas et Mélisande" Suite, Op. 80 by Gabriel Fauré, and "Les Préludes" by Franz Listz. 

Symphony Orchestra, Luther's largest and oldest orchestral ensemble, is one of Luther's four main touring ensembles and an annual tour schedule including a three-week residency in Vienna every four years. More than 80 student musicians, representing a variety of academic majors, perform with the orchestra with many also involved in chamber music, choir, band, or a jazz ensemble.

Daniel Baldwin has served as director of orchestral activities at Luther College since 1997. In addition to his work as conductor of the Luther College Symphony and Chamber Orchestras and the Opera Workshop, Dr. Baldwin teaches conducting. He holds a bachelor of music degree (cello) from Furman University and master of music degree (cello) and doctor of musical arts degree (instrumental conducting) from the University of Texas at Austin. Baldwin maintains an active schedule as clinician, guest conductor, and the musical and artistic director of the Lake Chelan Bachfest in Chelan, Wash.

The Luther College Music Department hosts three symphony orchestras, three concert bands, two jazz bands, six choirs, and nearly 1,000 student musicians. Students participate 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.