Luther College presents Family Weekend evening concert Sept. 22

Celebrate Luther College Family Weekend with an evening concert 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall.

Featuring the Varsity Band, Aurora, Norsemen, Wind and Percussion Ensemble, Cathedral Choir and Collegiate Chorale, the event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Following a greeting from Luther College President Paula Carlson, the varsity band will open the performances with "Cenotaph" by Jack Stamp, Luther wind and percussion ensemble conductor, and Themes from "Green Bushes" by Percy Grainger, arranged by Larry Daehn.

Aurora and Norsemen will combine for "Tuba," arranged by Michael Barrett; "Rise Up, O Saints of God," arranged by Kenneth Jennings; "Voice on the Wind," by Sarah Quartel; "Unclouded Day" by Shawn Kirchner; and "Moon Goddess" by Jocelyn Hagen. The Wind and Percussion Ensemble will perform "Pageant" by Vincent Persichetti, Percy Grainger's Irish Tune from County Derry; and Kirkpatrick Fanfare by Andrew Boysen, Jr.

Cathedral Choir will perform two songs: "With a Voice of Singing," by Kenneth Jennings and "Here I am, Lord," by Daniel Schutte. Collegiate Chorale will open with Cantate Domino by Jósef Swinder and close with the traditional spiritual "Ain't No Grave," arranged by Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory.

The concert will conclude with the combined ensembles performing the Luther Hymn, composed by J.WJ. Ylvisaker and arranged by Jack Stamp.

Collaborating for the concert are Lucas Byl, Luther class of 2021, percussion; Mae Cody, class of 2021, percussion; Nicholas Shaneyfelt, assistant professor of music, piano; Josh Van Sant, class of 2021, percussion; and Anne Wilson, class of 2020, piano.

Varsity Band, a preparatory ensemble of approximately 100 students, and Wind and Percussion Ensemble, consisting of approximately 50 auditioned students, are under the direction of Jack Stamp, visiting professor of music. Both ensembles perform at a variety of events throughout the year including formal concerts each semester.

Aurora, comprised of first-year female singers, and Collegiate Chorale, select junior and senior singers, are under the direction of Jennaya Robison, assistant professor of music and Luther class of 1996. Aurora is actively involved in the process of creating new music, premiering works from Stacey Gibbs, Libby Larsen, Mack Wilberg and many more. Collegiate Chorale features 100 mixed voices performing sacred and secular choral works of a variety of periods and styles.

Norsemen, the choir for first-year male singers, and Cathedral Chorale, select singers from the sophomore class, are both directed by Mark Potvin, instructor in music and Luther class of 2001. Norsemen perform on and off campus and at the North Central American Choral Directors Association conferences most recently at the 2011 NC-ACDA convention in Chicago. Cathedral Choir recently premiered works from Stephen Paulus, Eric Whitacre and other composers.

For more information about Luther’s Family Weekend, visit luther.edu/parents/family-weekend/schedule/.

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.