Luther College Homecoming weekend concerts

Luther College will celebrate Homecoming 2013 Friday through Sunday, Oct. 4-6. Several Luther ensembles will perform in concert on the weekend bringing more than 5,000 students, alumni and friends of the college to the Luther campus.

·      Jazz Orchestra, Friday, Oct. 4, 8 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall

·      Jazz ensembles, Friday, Oct. 4, 9:15 p.m., Marty's Cybercafe

·      Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band and Nordic Choir, Sunday, Oct. 6, 1:30 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall

All three concerts are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Luther's Jazz Orchestra will present a concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. At the concert, the class of 1963 will present their class' reunion gift and the college will celebrate Luther's Distinguished Service Awards. Juan Tony Guzmán, Luther class of 1990 and associate professor of music, will direct Luther's Jazz Orchestra.

Luther's jazz ensembles will present "Jazz at Marty's" at 9:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in Marty's CyberCafe. Juan Tony Guzmán, Luther class of 1990 and associate professor of music, will direct Luther's Jazz Orchestra and Jon Ailabouni, Luther class of 2010 and adjunct faculty in music, will direct Luther's Jazz Band and Jazz Combos.

Luther's Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band and Nordic Choir will present a Homecoming concert at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life. The Luther Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Daniel Baldwin, Luther professor of music, Concert Band is conducted by Joan deAlbuquerque, Luther director of bands and associate professor of music, and Nordic Choir is conducted by Allen Hightower, Luther director of choral activities and professor of music.

The Sunday afternoon concert includes the presentation of the Theodore Presser

Scholarship, the Weston H. Noble Award, and the Carlo A. Sperati Award. Karen Gesme

Brunssen, Luther class of 1975, will be presented with the Noble Award and Harry Hindson III, Luther class of 1970, will be presented with the  Sperati Award. The Theodore Presser Scholarship will be announced at the concert.

Luther College is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the world with seven 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 350 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, church music and performance.