Luther College Center Stage Series presents: Empire Wild

March 16, 2023

At 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, the Luther College Center Stage presents Empire Wild in the Main Hall of the Center For Faith and Life.

Empire Wild is a genre-bending crossover trio based in New York City. The ensemble features Ken Kubota, Holly Bean and Mitch Lyon who fuse the sounds of pop, Broadway, folk and jazz with their classical training. Empire Wild’s inventive covers and twists on the classical canon are gorgeously rendered on cello, piano and vocals.

“I love the sense of joy Empire Wild brings to their music. I think some of that energy must be connected to their commitment to education and outreach–I’m excited to have them working with orchestra students at Decorah High School before performing at the CFL,” said Kristen Underwood, director of campus programming. “February’s Center Stage Series brought the heat with LADAMA. In March, we have Empire Wild bringing that special New York brand of cool.”

Empire Wild was selected as an Ambassador Prize winner in the 2020 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. They are also heavily involved in their communities as passionate educators who work as teaching artists. Their community involvement ranges from private studios to the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

The highly creative and talented chefs on the Norse Culinary Team invite you to partake in the Center Stage Dinner Series before the show. The dinners feature a multi-course menu to complement each performance. A separate ticket is required. All meals begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Peace Dining Room on the second floor of Dahl Centennial Union. 

Additionally, the Luther Book Shop offers “Sip and Shop” before each performance. Present your ticket for a complimentary glass of wine and browse the selection before the show.

Both dinner and show tickets are on sale through Luther’s Ticket Office and online at, by emailing or by calling (563) 387-1357.


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