Luther College Concert Band to tour Spain May 23-June 3

The Luther College Concert Band, under the direction of Joan deAlbuquerque, will tour and perform in concert venues around Spain May 23-June 3.

The ensemble's performance itinerary includes stops in the Spanish cities of Getafe, Cullera, Buñol, Puerto de Santa Maria and Ubeda with additional travel to Madrid, Valencia, Seville, Granada, Toledo and Cordoba.

The concert band will perform works by Leonard Bernstein, Rossano Galante, John Phillip Sousa and Joseph Turrin. The band's program features Lynne Postudensek Hart, saxophonist and Luther adjunct faculty in music, performing André Waignein's "Rhapsody for Alto Saxophone."

A send-off performance will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, May 22, at the East Aurora High School Hawks Auditorium in Aurora, Illinois. The concert in Aurora is open to the public with no charge for admission, and includes the same program the band will play abroad.

The Luther College Concert Band, founded in 1878, is one of the oldest touring organizations in the nation and among the country's most outstanding college bands. Luther's Concert Band has toured throughout the United States, Western Europe and Japan, and has appeared at many state and national music conferences.

Joan deAlbuquerque, director of bands and associate professor of music, joined the Luther faculty in 2011. deAlbuquerque holds a bachelor's degree in music education and a master's degree in wind conducting from Michigan State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in wind conducting from the University of North Texas.

Luther is home to one of the largest undergraduate music programs in the nation, with six choirs, three orchestras, three bands, two jazz bands and more than 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.