Luther College Concert Band and Jazz Orchestra to perform May 17

The Luther College Concert Band and Jazz Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 17 in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther campus.

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

The Concert Band will perform "La Fiesta Mexicana" by H. Owen Reed, "The Spheres" by Ola Gjeilo, "High Flight" by Joseph Turrin, "Who Puts His Trust in God Most Just" by Bach, and "Stars and Stripes" by John Philip Sousa.

"The Spheres" was inspired by the 2007 movie Beowulf. Gjeilo was touched by the film and improvised those feelings into the chorale theme that the song is based on. "High Flight" is dedicated to the American pilots who fought in the Spanish Civil War. This piece was commissioned by the United States Air Force Band and was premiered on March 2, 2008 by the U.S. Air Force Concert Band at Constitution Hall, Washington, D.C.

Jazz Orchestra will perform "Mack the Knife," from "Threepenny Opera" by Kurt Weill, "Wave" by Antonio Caros "Tom" Jobim, "Why Not?" by Michel Camilo, "All of Me" by Gerald Marks and Seymour Simon and "That's How We Roll" by Gordon Goodwin.

The Concert Band is under the direction of Joan deAlbuquerque, director of bands and associate professor of music.                  

deAlbuquerque manages all aspects of the band program at Luther. She conducts Concert Band and Wind and Percussion Ensemble, as well as teaches Introduction to Conducting and Advanced Conducting.

She has been published numerous times in the series "Teaching Music Through Performance in Band," an important resource for educators.

The Jazz Orchestra has been recognized throughout the Midwest as an elite collegiate ensemble.

The group is under the direction of Juan Tony Guzmán, Luther associate professor of music and education.

Guzmán holds a bachelor's degree from Luther, a master's degree and an associate degree from Florida State University.

He frequently serves as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator in national and international festivals. He has conducted All-State, honor festivals, recording studio, shows, summer camps choirs, concert bands, jazz bands and orchestras in several countries over the past 30 years.

Luther College is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the world with six choirs, three orchestras, three bands, four jazz groups and nearly 1,000 student musicians. Luther students perform in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. More than 300 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, church music and performance.