The Luther College Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Juan Tony Guzmán, will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, April 13, at Memorial Auditorium, 601 9th St., Dawson, Minnesota.

The Luther College Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Juan Tony Guzmán, will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, April 13, at Memorial Auditorium, 601 9th St., Dawson, Minnesota.  

A part of the Dawson-Boyd Arts Association 2017-18 season, the concert is open to the public, and a freewill offering will be taken. The program features a variety of exciting jazz repertoire, including works by Duke Ellington, Oliver Nelson, Don Menza, Mike Tomaro, Pat Metheny and Brazilian masters.

Luther's Jazz Orchestra is one of four major touring ensembles on campus. Last year the group toured in Colorado, and their 2018 Midwest Tour includes performances in Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota. The ensemble also tours abroad every four years. Most recently, they went on a three-week, 13-performance immersion to Brazil in May/June, 2016.

Guzmán, director of the jazz program and professor of music education at Luther College, was recently named the Weston Noble Endowed Chair in Music. A sought-after conductor of all-state and honor choirs, concert bands, jazz bands and symphony orchestras across the United States, he frequently serves as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator at festivals across North America, Central and South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the world with six choirs, three bands, three orchestras, two jazz bands and nearly 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. More than 250 music majors study music theory/ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.

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