Luther College Jazz Orchestra will present its annual fall concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther campus.
The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.
The Jazz Orchestra will perform a diverse repertoire of works from the beginnings of the jazz era to recent jazz compositions and arrangements. The concert will open with the Stan Kenton Orchestra's version of "Malagueña." The piece features a French horn section composed of students of Rebecca Boehm Shaffer, Luther adjunct faculty in music, which will be incorporated into the Jazz Orchestra for this piece.
The Vocal Jazz Ensemble will perform five pieces including "I'll Be Seeing You" by Irving Kahal and Sammy Fain, and "Prime Time Blues" by Anders Edenroth. The Vocal Jazz Ensemble is under the direction of Valerie Krych and Jacob Schnabel, both Luther music students.
In the second half of the program, Luther seniors Karla Dietmeyer, violin, and Olivia Hahn, cello, will present their original composition, a crossover between bluegrass and jazz. Ehler Orngard, 2009 Luther graduate, will join them on banjo.
The Jazz Orchestra has been recognized throughout the Midwest as an elite collegiate ensemble. Most recently the group performed at the Iowa Jazz Championships as the featured college jazz band at the April 2012 event in Des Moines.
The group also recorded a CD for the first time in seven years. The CD, "Transformations: Celebration Jazz at Luther," was released in 2010.
The Jazz Orchestra is under the direction of Juan Tony Guzmán, Luther associate professor of music and education.