Luther College Jazz Orchestra to perform April 15 in Decorah, Iowa

The Luther College Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Juan Tony Guzmán, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at Center for Faith and Life on the Luther College campus, Decorah, Iowa. The performance will be streamed live online at

Part of the Jazz Orchestra's spring tour of the Upper Midwest, the concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The 2014 Jazz Orchestra tour program will include works by Thelonius Monk, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Gordon Goodwin, including Goodwin's jazz ensemble arrangement of Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G minor. Jazz trumpeter and Luther College Instructor of Music, Jon Ailabouni, will be featured on works by Darcy James Argue, Denis DiBlasio and Oliver Nelson.

As one of Luther's four major touring ensembles, the Jazz Orchestra travels annually. Every four years the group travels internationally - most recently to Brazil in 2012. There, Luther's Jazz Orchestra was featured in the "Festival No Improviso" in Curitiba and performed in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. In addition to regular performances on the Luther College campus, the Jazz Orchestra has been featured at the Iowa Jazz Championships and Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference. The Jazz Orchestra is comprised of 20 student musicians.

Guzmán, Luther College professor of music, holds a Ph.D. in music education, a certificate in pedagogy of music theory, and a master's degree in music education from Florida State University. He has a bachelor of arts in music from Luther College and a degree in electromechanical engineering from the Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in Santiago, Dominican Republic. He frequently serves as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator in North America, Central and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the world with six choirs, three bands, three orchestras, two jazz bands and numerous chamber ensembles, totaling nearly 1,000 student musicians. Luther's 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.

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