Luther College Philharmonia to perform concert April 24

Luther College Philharmonia will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus.

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

The Luther College Philharmonia, a 51 member symphonic ensemble, will perform "Fanfare" from "La Péri" by Paul Dukas, Serenade in D Minor, Op. 44 by Dvořák, Overture to Coriolan, Op. 62 by Beethoven, and two Slavonic Dances by Dvořák.

Luther's first year choral ensembles, Aurora and Norsemen, will join Philharmonia on Anton Bruckner's Mass in E Minor.  

Joseph Kromholz, visiting instructor in music at Luther, is the featured violin soloist for Philharmonia's performance of Romance in F Major for violin and orchestra, composed by Beethoven.

Spencer Martin, Luther associate professor of music and education, directs Philharmonia. Martin has performed and taught at music festivals throughout the U.S., Canada, Israel and Europe. He performs frequently with the Luther College Piano Quartet, and serves as the festival violist at the Bonneville Chamber Music Festival in Utah. He released the CD, "Gems Rediscovered," in 2012 to critical praise. He also serves as co-director of the International Music Festival of the Adriatic, a three and a half week summer music festival in Duino, Italy that is co-sponsored by Luther College and the United World College of the Adriatic.

The Luther College Music department hosts three symphony orchestras, three concert bands, two jazz bands, six choirs, and nearly 1,000 student musicians. Students participate 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, sacred music and performance.