Featuring the oratorio "Jepthe," the Luther College Collegium Musicum will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, in the Noble Recital Hall of Luther's Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.
The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.
The program will feature the 17th-century oratorio, "Jepthe," by Giacomo Carissimi. The work tells the tragic Biblical story of King Jepthe and the sacrifice of his daughter, as told in the Book of Judges. Famous in Western music history as one of the great early oratorios and in choral circles for its memorable final chorus, "Jepthe" is rarely performed in its entirety.
The oratorio performance will feature faculty soloists Jennaya Robison, soprano, and Evan Mitchell, tenor, in addition to student soloists, chorus, cello and bass. Collegium Director Kathryn Reed will conduct the work from the harpsichord.
Also featured in the concert are works by Thomas Tallis for recorder ensemble and a set of English madrigals for vocal ensemble.
Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation, with five choirs, three orchestras, three bands, 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 275 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.