Luther’s Wind and Percussion Ensemble and Varsity Band to perform on Nov. 13

November 9, 2018

Luther College’s Music Department will present a concert featuring Luther’s Wind and Percussion Ensemble and Varsity Band at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Luther’s Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall.

This event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Varsity Band is conducted by James Fritz, Luther adjunct faculty in music, and opens the concert with “Beltway Jam” by Jack Stamp and “Rest” by Frank Ticheli. The band then performs “A Little Fantasy on an American Dream” by David Holsinger, featuring soprano soloist Jennaya Robison, Luther associate professor of music. The program features “Highlights from West Side Story,” written by Leonard Bernstein and arranged by Ted Ingram, and Varsity Band concludes their portion of the concert with “His Honor” by Henry Filmore.

Wind and Percussion Ensemble is conducted by Jack Stamp, Luther visiting professor of music. They open with “Five Variants on Dives and Lazarus” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, followed by Stamp’s original composition “Elegy for English Horn and Band,” featuring Heather Armstrong, Luther associate professor of music. The ensemble continues with Clifton Williams’ “Caccia and Chorale.” The concert repertoire features a section titled “A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein,” featuring Luther sophomore dancer Helen Roets and Luther’s Chapel Choir conducted by Jennaya Robison. The Ensemble will conclude with “Introit,” by Fisher Tull.

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 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.