Symphony Orchestra to perform Homecoming Concert

Feb. 5 performance held at the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall
The Luther College Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Daniel Baldwin, will perform their homecoming concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, at the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. The concert is the culmination of the Symphony Orchestra's 2017 Midwest Tour.

The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission. The concert will be streamed live at stream.luther.edu/music.

The program begins with a suite of dances from Aaron Copland's 1938 ballet "Billy the Kid," then features the strings and harp alone in "Five Variants of 'Dives and Lazarus'" by Ralph Vaughan Williams. After an intermission, the concert concludes with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade" Op. 35, a symphonic suite based on the folk tales "Arabian Nights."          

Symphony Orchestra, Luther's largest and oldest orchestral ensemble, is one of Luther's four main touring ensembles. Their annual tour schedule takes the orchestra across the U.S. and includes a three-week residency in Vienna every four years. More than 70 student musicians, representing a variety of academic majors, perform with the orchestra. Many are also involved in chamber music, choir, band or a jazz ensemble.

Baldwin has served since 1997 as director of orchestra activities at Luther. He earned a bachelor's degree from Furman University and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. Baldwin is currently the conductor of the Luther College Symphony and Chamber Orchestras.

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 nearly 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. Nearly 275 music majors study music theory/ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.