Luther College Symphony Orchestra to perform in Conway

CONWAY — The Luther College Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Daniel Baldwin, will perform at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 22, at the James H. Clark Auditorium on the Conway High School campus. The concert is part of the Symphony Orchestra’s Spring 2024 tour.  

The concert is open to the public with a freewill donation taken at the door. 

Music Group Photos 2023-224. Photographer: Armando Jenkins-Vazquez © 2023 Luther College

The program begins with “Three Dance Episodes from Leonard Bernstein’s “On the Town. The orchestra will once again perform Pelléas et Mélisande Suite, Op. 80, by Gabriel Fauré along with “Introduction and Gopak” from “The Fair at Sorochinsk” by Modest Mussorgsky, “Siegfried Idyll” by Richard Wagner and “Huapango” by Jose Pablo Moncayo. 

Symphony Orchestra, Luther’s largest and oldest orchestral ensemble, is one of Luther’s four main touring ensembles. The Symphony travels regularly in the United States and maintains a three-week residency in Vienna every four years, next scheduled for January 2027. More than 70 student musicians, representing a variety of academic majors, perform with the orchestra. Many are also involved in chamber music, choir, band or a jazz ensemble. 

“Apart from two, month-long residencies in Vienna, Austria in 2019 and 2023, this will be the orchestra’s first opportunity in more than six years to take an extended tour,” said Dan Baldwin, director of orchestral activities. We bring with us a beautiful program and a large, talented group of student musicians. We’re very grateful for all those who’ve worked to make our tour possible.”

Baldwin is the head of the Music Department and  has served as director of orchestra activities at Luther since 1997. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Furman University and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. Baldwin is currently the conductor of the Luther College Symphony and Chamber Orchestras.

The Conway Public Schools Orchestra program, led by department chair Casey Buck, is hosting the performance, and a small ensemble from Conway High School will perform at the beginning of the concert. “I’m thrilled to help bring this incredible ensemble to Conway,” said Buck. “Music can truly bring a whole community together, and we hope to see a great crowd on Friday night.” First Security Bank is graciously sponsoring the concert on Friday by providing a meal for the Luther College students and their chaperones. Volunteer families will host groups of students in their homes overnight, and they will depart the next morning for the next stop on their tour.

About Luther College Music 

Luther is home to one of the largest undergraduate music programs in the nation, with five choirs, three orchestras, two bands and two jazz bands. One-third of all Luther students participate in music, including large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. Nearly 175 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance. Learn more at