Luther College Philharmonia to perform May 2

Luther College's Philharmonia will perform works by Gounod, Holst, and Dvorak at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 2, in the Noble Recital Hall located in the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus.

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

Philharmonia will perform Charles Gounod's Petite Symphonie for winds, St. Paul Suite by Gustav Holst, and Antonin Dvorak's Czech Suite.

The Philharmonia is a 33-member symphonic ensemble that performs regularly on campus in concert under the direction of Spencer Martin, Luther associate professor of music.

The ensemble's recent repertoire includes pieces such as Mozart's "Symphony No. 29" and Copland's "An Outdoor Overture," among other notable classical works. 

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 collaboration with Miko Kominami in 2012 to critical praise. Martin serves as co-director of the International Music Festival of the Adriatic, a three and a half week summer music festival in Duino, Italy, co-sponsored by Luther College and the United World College of the Adriatic.

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.