Luther Philharmonia and Brass Ensembles to perform concert Nov. 6

The Luther College Philharmonia and Brass Ensembles will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6 in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life.

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

The Philharmonia will perform four pieces: "Overture to Nabucco" by Giuseppe Verdi "Petite Suite" by Claude Debussy, "Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88" by Antonin Dvořák, and "Dürer Triptych."

"Dürer Triptych," was composed by Luther's own composer-in-residence Brooke Joyce and premiered in summer 2012; performed by the Lutheran Summer Music Festival Orchestra.

The Brass Ensembles will perform eight pieces including "The Pink Panther" by Henry Mancini, "Salsa de la Luna" by Joseph Cooper, "Fantasia for Seven Trumpets" by Eric Ewazen and "Passacaglia in C Minor" by J.S. Bach. These selections represent music from the 17th to 20th centuries.

Founded in the 2001-02 academic year, Philharmonia has grown in membership from an ensemble of 15 string players to a symphonic orchestra of approximately 70 members.

Formerly known as String Orchestra, the group has served the ensemble needs of Luther students and sometimes features the top Decorah High School string and wind players.

Philharmonia is conducted by Spencer Martin, Luther associate professor of music. He has performed and taught at music festivals throughout the U.S., Canada, Israel and Europe as both violist and conductor.

The Brass Ensembles include the Horn Ensemble, Trumpet Choir, Trombone Choir and Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble. Participation is open to all brass musicians with appropriate performance skills. Repertoire is selected from six centuries of musical resources including transcriptions and original compositions. The ensembles perform one major concert per semester, as well as other on-campus or off-campus performances throughout the academic year.

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The Horn Ensemble is conducted by Rebecca Boehm Shaffer, Luther adjunct professor of music. Boehm Shaffer is the author of The Guide to Horn Ensemble Repertoire, the first reference book in its field and was invited to conduct a university horn ensemble at the International Horn Symposium in Denver in 2008.

The Trumpet Choir is conducted by Brent Dodson, visiting professor of music. As a trumpeter and conductor, Dodson has been an active teaching artist for more than 15 years. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from The Juilliard School, as well as a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California.  

The Trombone Ensemble is conducted by Michael Smith, Luther associate professor of music. Smith holds a doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he won a number of awards, including the Robert Gray Trombone Award, the Albert A. Harding Award, and the Mark H. Hindsley Award.

The Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble is conducted by Benjamin Yates, Luther adjunct faculty member in music. Yates gives private trombone, euphonium, and tuba lessons at Luther, in addition to coaching a variety of chamber ensembles, working as a freelance musician and teaching private lessons to area middle and high school students.