Luther College Homecoming Concert Oct. 18

Featuring the college's premiere touring ensembles, the Luther College Homecoming Concert is 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther campus.

The concert includes performances by the Luther Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Baldwin; Concert Band, conducted by Joan deAlbuquerque; and Nordic Choir, conducted by Allen Hightower.

The concert, open to the public with no charge for admission, will be streamed live at:

Symphony Orchestra will perform the overture to "Candide," a comic operetta by Leonard Bernstein, Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88 by Antonín Dvořák and "The Star-Spangled Banner" by Francis Scott Key and John Stafford Smith.

Concert Band will perform "A Weekend in New York" by Philip Sparke, "Dance of the Jesters" by Tchaikovsky, "Who Puts His Trust in God Most Just" by Bach and "Stars and Stripes" by John Philip Sousa.

The band will also perform the premiere of "The Promise of Grace," a work composed by Daniel Kallman, class of 1978. Commissioned by Dick Quast, class of 1965, "The Promise of Grace" was composed specifically for the Luther Concert Band. It is based on two contrasting hymn tunes, the vibrant and confident "Holy Manna" and the meditative and tender "Beach Spring."

Nordic Choir will perform works by composers such as Brian Edward Galante, Ola Gjeilo, Joseph Flummerfelt, Stuart Churchill, F. Melius Christiansen, Kim André Arnesen, and Alexander Gretchaninoff.

The concert includes the presentation of four music awards including the Theodore Presser Award to Shayla De Jong, class of 2016, the Carlo A. Sperati award to Curtis Reiso, class of 1954, and the Weston Noble Award to Roger Henderson, class of 1982. The winner of the Richard C. and Joann M. Hemp Prize for Orchestral Performance will be announced during the concert.

For up-to-date details and a full Luther Homecoming 2015 schedule, visit the website:

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.

Joan deAlbuquerque
Allen Hightower
Daniel Baldwin, professor of music