Luther College Jazz Orchestra to perform Homecoming Concert

April 17 performance held at the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall

The Luther College Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Juan Tony Guzmán, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at the Center for Faith and Life at Luther College.  

The concert is the culmination of the Jazz Orchestra's 2018 Midwest Tour and is open to the public with no charge for admission. The program features a variety of exciting jazz repertoire, including works by Duke Ellington, Oliver Nelson, Don Menza, Mike Tomaro, Pat Metheny and Brazilian masters.

Luther's Jazz Orchestra is one of four major touring ensembles on campus. Last year the group toured in Colorado, and their 2018 Midwest Tour includes performances in Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota. The ensemble also tours abroad every four years. Most recently, they went on a three-week, 13-performance immersion to Brazil in May/June, 2016.

Guzmán, director of the jazz program and professor of music education at Luther College, was recently named the Weston Noble Endowed Chair in Music. A sought-after conductor of all-state and honor choirs, concert bands, jazz bands and symphony orchestras across the United States, he frequently serves as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator at festivals across North America, Central and South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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.