Wisconsin Lutheran College Concert Band set for Spring Tour

Band will host home concert on May 7

Date Posted: April 13, 2010

MILWAUKEE – The Wisconsin Lutheran College Concert Band will kick off its eight-stop 2010 Spring Tour with a home concert Friday, May 7 at 8 p.m. in the Schwan Concert Hall. The tour will continue May 17-24 with stops in Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska.

The band’s tour program is inspired by sacred themes. The opening number, Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light, is based on the Bach chorale and arranged for wind band by David Biedenbender. Luminescence, an original composition by Biedenbender, was commissioned in 2009 by Wisconsin Lutheran College for the 2009 WELS National Band Festival. Suite from Mass is a suite for concert band and brass quintet arranged by Michael Sweeney and based on Leonard Bernstein’s much larger Mass. Other selections include Rejouissance, composed by James Curnow, and the antiphonal Canzon Primi Toni for double brass choir, composed by Giovanni Gabrieli in 1597.

At its May 7 home concert and selected tour concerts, the band will perform a unique work by Jesse Ayers entitled Jericho, a surround-sound theater piece for concert band and narrator that invites audience participation. The narrator takes the listener on a journey to Jericho, and yes, the walls do come tumbling down! This certainly will be an unforgettable experience for both the performers and members of the audience.

The Schwan Concert Hall is located in the college's Center for Arts and Performance, 8815 W. Wisconsin Ave. The concert is free to the public, but seats need to be reserved through the box office at (414) 443-8802 or in person.

Wisconsin Lutheran College is an independent Christian college in Milwaukee that is recognized for its academic excellence and Christian leadership tenets. To learn more, please visit

2010 Spring Band Tour Schedule

Friday, May 7 - 8 p.m.

Schwan Concert Hall
Wisconsin Lutheran College
For more information, call 414.443.8802 

Monday, May 17 - 7 p.m.

St. Croix Lutheran High School
1200 Oakdale Avenue
West St. Paul, MN 55118
For more information, call 651.455.1521

Tuesday, May 18 – 7 p.m.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Southeastern Avenue and 57th Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57103
For more information, call 605.371.0047

Wednesday, May 19 – 7:30 p.m.

Black Hills State University – Meier Recital Hall
1200 University Street
Spearfish, SD 57799
Presented by Hope Lutheran Church, Spearfish
For more information, call 605.722.3857

Thursday, May 20 – 6:30 p.m.

Lions Park Amphitheatre
Cheyenne, WY
Presented by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Cheyenne
For more information, call 307.635.2257

Friday, May 21 – 10:30 a.m.

Rocky Mountain Lutheran High School
11700 Irma Drive
Northglenn, CO 80233
For more information, call 303.346.1947 

Sunday, May 23 – 2:30 p.m.

Zion Ev. Lutheran Church
2600 S. Wadsworth Blvd.
Denver, CO 80227
For more information, call 303-985-2334

Monday, May 24 – 7 p.m.

Gethsemane Lutheran Church
4040 N. 108th Street
Omaha, NE 68164
For more information, call 402.493.2550