The Luther College Jazz Orchestra and the Luther College Concert Band will perform a spring showcase concert at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 26, in Luther's Center for Faith and Life Main Hall.
The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission. Those unable to attend may view the concert live online at stream.luther.edu/music.
Luther's Jazz Orchestra will perform several works, featuring Luther's Vocal Jazz in the latter part of their concert portion. Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Juan Tony Guzmán, professor of music and director of the Jazz Program, will perform Roger Myers' "Burbank Sackbut Brigade," "The Eighth Veil" by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, and Ellington's "Blue Cellophane." Student soloists include Pablo Gómez-Estévez, Luther class of 2017, and juniors Christopher Lange Pearson, Jackson Churchill and Thomas Perkins.
Jazz Orchestra and Vocal Jazz will perform "A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square" written by Eric Maschwitz and Manning Sherman, and arranged by Kirby Shaw. They will also showcase John Lennon and Paul McCartney's "In My Life," Jeff Jarvis' "Category 4," "Something's Gotta Give" by Johnny Mercer and Dave Wolpe, and Michel Camilo's "Why Not!" Instrumental soloists include David Blackstad, Andrew Murray and Ben Ostrem, Luther class of 2018; Peter Mathistad, class of 2019; and Gómez-Estévez, class of 2017. Emma Withers, class of 2018, is featured as a vocal soloist.
The Luther College Concert Band is directed by Joan deAlbuquerque, director of bands and associate professor of music. The Concert Band will perform Karel Husa's "Music for Prague," Percy Grainger's "Handel in the Strand," Bach's "Who Puts His Trust in God Most Just" and John Phillip Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever."
Juan Tony Guzmán, professor at Luther since 1995, 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.
Joan deAlbuquerque joined the Luther faculty in 2011. After earning her Bachelor of Arts in music education from Michigan State University, deAlbuquerque went on to earn 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. In addition to the Concert Band, she conducts the college's Wind and Percussion Ensemble and Varsity Band.
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.