The Luther College Jazz Orchestra and Vocal Jazz will perform a concert showcasing Swing Era pieces and contemporary styles at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther campus. The performance features several Luther students’ improvised solos during compositions written by distinguished jazz musicians.
The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission and dedicated to “Ms. Doris Patterson, who is retiring after 29 years of excellent service as the administrative assistant of the Music Department,” said Juan Tony Guzmán, professor of music and director of the jazz program.
The Luther Jazz Orchestra, made up of 20 instrumentalists and a singer, consistently receive excellent reviews on a national and international scale. They tour nationally every year, and have toured internationally in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Brazil.
The Jazz Orchestra remains busy on campus and at area schools, and can be seen performing in church services and concert halls. They explore all types of jazz in their performances, ranging from be-bop to Latin, and beyond.
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.