The Luther College Concert Band and Luther College Jazz Orchestra will perform their annual spring showcase concert at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25, in the Main Hall of Luther's Center for Faith and Life. The Friday and Saturday showcase concerts are part of the 2019 Commencement weekend celebrations.
The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission. Those who are unable to attend may view the performance live online at stream.luther.edu/music.
Directed by Joan deAlbuquerque, the 58-member Concert Band will perform "Quirks" by Brant Karrick, "Fandango" by Joseph Turrin and the band's signature pieces, "Who Puts His Trust in God Most Just" by J.S. Bach and "Stars and Stripes" by John Philip Sousa.
Luther's 18-member Jazz Orchestra, directed by Juan Tony Guzmán, will perform works including "Porgy and Bess" by George Gershwin, "Prelude to a Kiss" by Duke Ellington, "Begin the Beguine" by Cole Porter and "Milonga Loca" by Astor Piazzolla. The concert will end with a new work, "Baby Cactus," composed and arranged by Luther senior Peter Mathistad. Luther's 12-member vocal jazz ensemble will perform a set including "My One and Only," "Groovin'" and "All of Me."
deAlbuquerque, associate professor of music, has taught at Luther College since 2011. In addition to the Concert Band, she conducts the college's Wind and Percussion Ensemble and Varsity Band. Before working at Luther, deAlbuquerque served as the associate director of bands at California State University, Long Beach. After earning her bachelor's and master's degrees from Michigan State University, she went on to earn a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas.
Guzman, Luther professor of music and Luther alumnus from the class of 1990, has taught at Luther since 1995. A conductor, composer, arranger and music educator from the Dominican Republic, he directs the Luther College Jazz Program and holds the Weston Noble Endowed Chair in Music. Guzman earned his master's and doctoral degrees from Florida State University.
Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the world with five choirs, three bands, three orchestras, two jazz bands and numerous chamber ensembles, totaling more than 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. More than 250 music majors study music theory/ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.