Luther's Symphony Orchestra and Nordic Choir Showcase Concert May 25

The Luther College Symphony Orchestra and Nordic Choir will present a spring showcase concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 25, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on Luther's campus.

The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission. Those unable to attend may view the concert live online at

The Symphony Orchestra portion of the program features "Blumine" by Gustav Mahler, "Parto, Ma Tu Ben Mio" from "La Clemenza Di Tito" by Mozart and "Russian Easter Overture" by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

Daniel Baldwin, Luther professor of music, has led the orchestra since 1997. They have completed 16 major American tours and five residencies in Vienna, Austria, under his direction. The orchestra will be repeating the Vienna residency again this coming January 2019.

Nordic Choir is performing a program featuring "Singet Dem Herrn Ein Neues Lied" by Bach, "Why Rage Fiercely the Heathen" by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, "Portones Abiertos y Rostros Brillantes" by Paul Basler, "Afternoon on a Hill" by Eric Barnum, "Let the River Run" by Carly Simon, and "O Lord God" by Pavel Chesnokov.

The choir will depart for their triyearly international tour to Germany and Prague on May 28.

The Nordic Choir performs under the direction of Andrew Last, assistant professor of music at Luther. He also serves as the director of choral activities and as camp director for the Dorian Summer Camps.

Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate 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.