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Homecoming Concert with Symphony Orchestra/Concert Band/Nordic Choir

  • Date: Sunday, October 3, 2021
  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall

Homecoming Weekend performance featuring Luther College Concert Band, the Luther College Symphony Orchestra, and the Nordic Choir. Recipients of the Sperati Award, the Hemp Price, the Presser Award, and the Weston Noble Award will be honored that afternoon.

The Luther College Concert Band will present a program on Sunday, October 3 in the Center for Faith and Life. It will include Karl King's march "Invictus," as well as Erika Svanoe's imaginative "Steampunk Suite."

The Luther College Symphony Orchestra will perform the Scherzo from Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, 'Eroica', and Global Warming by Michael Abels.

Premiere of "The Gift to Sing" — Commissioned for the Luther College Nordic Choir, Andrew Last, conductor, by Bill and Carolyn Kobler, in honor of the 50th reunion of the Class of 1970.

This event will be livestreamed.



The Luther College Concert Band was formed in 1878, laying the foundation for what would become the college's long-standing tradition of musical excellence. Concert Band is now one of the oldest touring organizations in the nation and ranks among the country's outstanding undergraduate college bands.

From its beginnings as a student-directed brass and percussion ensemble formed with instruments from a discontinued community band, Concert Band rose to its current position of prestige through the influential directorships of Carlo Sperati (1905-1943), Weston Noble (1948-1973), and Frederick Nyline (1973-2011) and Joan deAlbuquerque (2011-2020). The 2021-2022 Luther College Concert Band is directed by Cory Near.

The Luther College Symphony Orchestra, Luther’s largest and oldest orchestral ensemble, maintains an active rehearsal and performance schedule during the academic year, from early September to late May. Over eighty student musicians, representing a variety of academic disciplines, perform with Symphony Orchestra. Many members also sing in a choir, play in a band or jazz ensemble, and form small chamber groups. Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Daniel Baldwin

In addition to regular concerts featuring masterworks of the orchestral literature, Symphony Orchestra takes great pride in performing new music on a regular basis. Since 2001, the orchestra has been pleased to present six world premiers. The orchestra also collaborates with the Luther College choirs in biennial performances of major choral-orchestral works and in the annual Christmas at Luther festival performances.

Nordic Choir, founded in 1946, enjoys national and international stature as one of the premier collegiate choral ensembles in the United States. Acclaimed for the way it honors the Lutheran choral tradition while also featuring new and innovative choral works, the choir showcases versatility, artistry, and technical mastery across many genres of music.

Nordic Choir is under the direction of Dr. Andrew Last '97. Last arrived at Luther in the fall of 2012 and became Director of Choral Activities in 2017. Previous Nordic Choir conductors include Sigvart Steen (1946-48), Weston Noble '43 (1948-2005), Craig Arnold (2005-10), and Allen Hightower (2010-16).

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