Luther College Symphony Orchestra to perform Homecoming Concert

Feb. 11 performance features two local performers

The Luther College Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Daniel Baldwin, will perform a Homecoming Concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther campus. The concert is the culmination of Symphony Orchestra's 2018 Midwest Tour.

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

Decorah High School graduates Madison Ihde and Gabrielle Bruns are both members of the Symphony Orchestra. Ihde, Luther class of 2019, plays the trumpet, and Bruns, class of 2019, the viola.

The program begins with Giuseppe Verdi's Overture to I Vespri Siciliani, then features William Grant Still's "Ennanga," for harp, piano and strings. Luther harp instructor Rachel Brandwein will perform "Ennanga" with members of the Symphony Orchestra string section.  After an intermission, the concert will conclude with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64.

The 2018 Midwest Tour starts Feb. 1 in West Des Moines, Iowa. Other stops include Epworth, Iowa, Feb. 2; Janesville, Wisconsin, Feb. 3; Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Feb. 4; Stillwater, Minnesota, Feb. 5; Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Feb. 6; and Plymouth, Minnesota, Feb. 7.

Symphony Orchestra, Luther's largest and oldest orchestral ensemble, is one of Luther's four main touring ensembles. Its annual tour schedule takes the orchestra across the U.S. and includes a three-week residency in Vienna every four years, next scheduled for January 2019. 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 is the head of the Music Department and since 1997 has served as director of orchestra activities at Luther College. 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. More than 250 music majors study music theory/ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.

For more information about Luther's music department, visit https://www.luther.edu/music/.