Featuring the college's premiere touring ensembles, the Luther College Homecoming Concert will be presented at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther campus.
Performing at the concert are Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Baldwin; Concert Band, under the direction of guest director Jack Stamp and Nordic Choir, conducted by Andrew Last. In addition, four music awards will be presented.
The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.
The Symphony Orchestra will open the concert with the National Anthem. Selections to follow include "Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg" by Richard Wagner and "Three Dances," from "The Three-Cornered Hat" by Manuel de Falla.
The Concert Band will perform "Occident et Orient," by Camille Saint Saens; "The Cowboys," by John Williams, arranged by Jim Curnow; "Who Puts His Trust in God Most Just," by Bach, arranged by James Croft; and "Stars and Stripes," by John Philip Sousa.
The Nordic Choir will present five selections. Pieces include " Pater Noster," by Jacob Handl; "Laudate Dominum," by Gyöngyösi Levente; "Psalm 50" (II. & III.), by F. Melius Christiansen; "Signs of the Judgement," arranged by Mark Butler; and "O Lord God," by Paul Tschesnokoff. In addition, the choir will recognize the 50-year anniversary of the first Nordic Choir international tour.
Four music awards will be presented at the concert. Juan Tony Guzmán, Class of 1990, will be presented the Dr. Carlo A. Sperati Award; the Weston Noble Award will be given to Paul Gulsvig, class of 1973; and the Theodore Presser Award and Richard C. and Joann M. Hemp Family Prize for Orchestral Performance will both be presented to current students during the concert.
For up-to-date details and a full Luther Homecoming 2018 schedule, visit the website: https://www.luther.edu/homecoming/schedule/.
Luther College 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-coaches chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. Nearly 275 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.