Luther College Symphony Orchestra Concert March 22

The Luther College Symphony Orchestra will present their spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in Luther's Center for Faith and Life.

The performance is open to the public and of no charge for admission.

The program features Julius Conus's "Concerto for Violin in E minor" with violin soloist senior Elizabeth Shoemaker, a winner of the Department of Music 2017 Concerto Competition. Symphony Orchestra will also perform "The Firebird" 1919 Concert Suite by Igor Stravinsky.

Luther College Symphony Orchestra is Luther's largest and oldest orchestral ensemble. The orchestra is comprised of nearly 70 student musicians, representing a variety of academic disciplines. Many members also participate in other choral, instrumental and chamber ensembles. As one of Luther's four main touring ensembles, Symphony Orchestra tours annually throughout the United States, and maintains a three-week residency in Vienna, Austria every four years.

Daniel Baldwin, Luther professor of music, has served as the director of orchestral activities since 1997. As the head of the music department, Baldwin conducts Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Opera Workshop, as well as teaching conducting courses. Serving as music and artistic director for the Lake Chelan Bach Fest, Baldwin also maintains an active schedule as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor. Before teaching at Luther, Baldwin directed the orchestras at Central Washington University.

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 275 music majors study music theory/ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.