Luther College Symphony Orchestra to perform homecoming concert Feb. 3
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 3:08 AM
The Luther College Symphony Orchestra will present a tour homecoming concert of works by Wagner, Elgar and Tchaikovsky at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, in the Center for Faith and Life, 700 College Drive, Decorah, as the last stop on their January 2013 tour.
The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.
The program begins with one of the best-loved operatic overtures of the 19th century, the Prelude to Act One of "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg" by Richard Wagner.
Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto in E minor will follow, with Eric Kutz, Luther associate professor of music, as the soloist on cello.
Elgar's Cello Concerto -- the composer's last important work for orchestra -- has been called his most personal, most confessional piece. Elgar completed most of the work on his concerto during the summer of 1919. The composer had recently been ill, and was deeply depressed by the Great War's destruction of the world he had known.
After a brief intermission, Symphony Orchestra will conclude with a performance of Tchaikovsky's epic Symphony No. 4 in F minor.
Tchaikovsky wrote his Fourth Symphony between 1877 and 1878, during the most turbulent year of the composer's life. The piece is closely associated with two women, one whom he married that year, and the other whom he never actually met.
Conducted by Daniel Baldwin, professor of music and director of orchestras, the Luther College Symphony Orchestra is Luther's largest and oldest orchestral ensemble. The Orchestra maintains an active rehearsal and performance schedule during the academic year, from early September to late May.
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