Nick Contorno Orchestra to perform at Wisconsin Lutheran College

January 23, 2007

MILWAUKEE - The Nick Contorno Orchestra will perform in the Schwan Concert Hall at Wisconsin Lutheran College Saturday, February 10, at 8 p.m. The orchestra presents an evening of big band music ranging from the 1940s to the present day. This performance is a part of the college's annual Jazz Festival, which draws high school students from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan for a 2-day event filled with performances and clinics.

Dr. Nicholas Contorno is an award-winning composer and arranger, professional musician and noted music educator. He has performed with many well known bands and artists, including the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Natalie Cole, Vic Damone, Johnny Mathis, Dinah Shore, Mel Torme and The Four Lads, to name a few. Contorno's teaching career includes positions in several Wisconsin high schools, and as guest instructor/clinician throughout the United States and in China. In 2006, he retired after 23 years as director of music programs for both band and orchestra at Marquette University, although he remains at Marquette as the director of orchestra.

The Schwan Concert Hall is located in the college's Center for Arts and Performance at 8815 W. Wisconsin Ave. Tickets are $10 for general admission. To purchase tickets, call the WLC box office at (414) 443-8802 or visit

Wisconsin Lutheran College is a liberal arts college located on the west side of Milwaukee.