Luther College Wind and Percussion Ensemble and Varsity Band to perform April 18

Luther College invites the community to join the Wind and Percussion Ensemble and Varsity Band for their performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther Campus.

The concert is open to the public and free of admission.

The Wind and Percussion ensemble will perform several works, including a staple piece of wind band literature, Vincent Persichett's "Divertimento for Band" Op. 42. Also on the program, Robert Spittal's "Pacem – A Hymn for Peace," Percy Grainger's "Country Gardens," Norman Dello Joio's "Scenes from the Louvre," Frank Ticheli's "Amazing Grace" and John Barnes Chance's "Overture for a Musical Comedy."

The Varsity Band's program includes work inspired by the music of Latin America, Alfred Reed's "El Camino Real," Steven Bryant's "Dusk" and Arturo Marquez's "Danzon" No. 2. While performing "Danzon" no. 2, the Varsity Band will be joined by the faculty and students of the Luther dance department, who will perform "Recuerdo," a new choreographic work by local artist Kindra Windish.

The Wind and Percussion Ensemble is an auditioned ensemble consisting of approximately 50 students. In addition to family weekend performances and a Dorian Band Festival performance, the Wind and Percussion ensemble gives a full concert each semester.

The Wind and Percussion Ensemble is conducted by Joan deAlbuquerque, director of bands and Luther associate professor of music. deAlbuquerque earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting from the University of North Texas and was appointed to Luther's music faculty in 2011.

Varsity Band has a membership of approximately 100 students. The band appears at a variety of events throughout the year including Chapel services, Family Weekend events, Dorian Band Festival Performance and its own formal concert each semester.

The ensemble, a normal step in the direction of eventual Wind and Percussion Ensemble or Concert Band membership, is under the direction of Brent Dodson, Luther visiting assistant professor of music.

Dodson, trumpeter and conductor, has been an active teaching artist for more than 15 years.  He holds a bachelor's degree and Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, as well as a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California.