Wind and Percussion Ensemble to perform Nov. 19

Nov. 5, 2009

The Luther College Wind and Percussion Ensemble will perform in concert Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life main hall.

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

Directed by Frederick Nyline, Luther professor of music, the ensemble will perform “Sunrise at Angel’s Gate” by Philip Sparke, “Sarabande and Polka” by Malcolm Arnold (arranged by John P. Paynter), “Cenotaph” by Jack Stamp, “Molly on the Shore” by Percy Grainger, “Fireworks” by Gregory Youtz, “Bushdance” by Ralph Hultgren and “Turkey in the Straw” arranged by Lewis Buckley.

Richard Tirk, Luther assistant professor of music, will guest conduct the ensemble for the piece "Five Variants of ‘Dives and Lazarus’’by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Luther senior Katherine Loher will guest conduct “An American Elegy” by Frank Ticheli featuring Tirk on trumpet.

The Wind and Percussion Ensemble consists primarily of first- and second-year students. Membership is determined each semester by audition. The ensemble is limited to approximately 50 students with a controlled instrumentation. In addition to family weekend performances and Dorian Band Festival performance, the Wind and Percussion ensemble gives a full concert each semester.

Nyline conducts the Luther Concert Band, Varsity Band and the Wind and Percussion Ensemble. He also teaches advanced instrumental conducting.

Before joining the Luther faculty in 1973, Nyline served on the faculty of the University of Minnesota as associate director of bands and director of the University Men’s Chorus.

Nyline has been a guest faculty member at the University of Illinois and director of bands in the Austin, Minn., school system. He has served as guest conductor for the Musashino Academia Musicae Wind Ensemble in Tokyo, Japan.