Luther College Symphony Orchestra concert Nov. 11

The Symphony Orchestra will perform in concert 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, in the Main Hall of the Luther College Center for Faith and Life.

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

The Symphony Orchestra will perform "Montagues and Capulets" from "Romeo and Juliet" by Sergei Prokofiev and Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

The concert also features soloist Eric Kutz in Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85 by Edward Elgar.

As an associate professor of music, Kutz has been an member of the Luther College faculty since 2002. Kutz has been involved in a number of collaborations with musicians such as cellist Yo-Yo Ma and jazz great Ornette Coleman.  He is a founding member of the Murasaki Duo, a cello and piano duo in residence at Luther.

The Luther College Symphony Orchestra, Luther's largest and oldest orchestral ensemble, maintains an active rehearsal and performance schedule during the academic year from early September to late May. More than 80 student musicians representing a variety of academic majors perform with Symphony Orchestra.

Members of the orchestra also perform with the Luther College choirs in periodic performances of major choral-orchestral works and in the annual Christmas at Luther festival performances.

Symphony Orchestra tours throughout the United States and maintains a three-week residency in Vienna, Austria every four years, performing in venues such as the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz. Recent domestic tours have included trips to the Pacific Northwest, the Great Plains States, the Southeast and the Upper Midwest.

Six chairs in the Luther College Symphony Orchestra benefit from endowed scholarships provided by Luther donors.

Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Daniel Baldwin, Luther professor of music. Baldwin holds the bachelor's degree from Furman University and the master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Texas-Austin. He received his formal training in string pedagogy as a teacher in the nationally acclaimed University of Texas String Project.

Baldwin maintains an active schedule as clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor.  In April 2007 Baldwin accepted the position of Musical and Artistic Director of the Lake Chelan Bachfest in Chelan, Washington.

Daniel Baldwin,professor of music