Celebrated composer and PLU alumna Cindy McTee visits campus

McTee’s Symphony No. 1 – Ballet for Orchestra – performed April 11 by University Symphony Orchestra For Cindy McTee ‘75, music was ingrained in her life from the moment she was born. McTee spent her youth wandering around the PLU campus while her mom was…

New work celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

The Lyric Brass Quintet will perform “Luther, Seven Scenes for Brass Quintet” composed by PLU music professor emeritus Jerry Kracht, in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation on Sunday, April 23, at 3 p.m. in Lagerquist Concert Hall. “The piece is highly programmatic—that…

Sacred concerts highlights faith and music

From 1965 until his death in 1974, Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington reformed both his worldview and his music. With his advancing age, failing health, and the death in of his beloved co-composer Billy Strayhorn, Ellington came to realize the impermanence of life and rekindled the…

Army, PLU team up for free concert in honor of Music in our Schools Month

Since 1985, educational institutions across the nation have recognized March as Music in our Schools Month , and to celebrate, the 56th Army Band from 1 Corps at Joint Base Lewis-McChord will join Pacific Lutheran University’s Wind Ensemble concert in Lagerquist Concert Hall, on Sunday, March…

A Symphony of Light

Pacific Lutheran University presents the U.S. premiere of ‘Nordic Light Symphony,’ a multimedia production inspired by the Northern Lights The Aurora Borealis is the largest optical phenomenon in the Earth’s upper atmosphere; a spectacular event, that many only dream of seeing. For those that aspire…

A cross-culture band exchange teaches both student and teacher

Every other year the Tamana All Girls’ High School Band travels to Washington state for an exchange with the Graham Kapowsin High School and a friendship concert at PLU. The eight-year long relationship has created bonds that stretch across the ocean. This year, three Graham…

Famous flutist visits PLU this January

Internationally renowned flutist, Carol Wincenc , is giving a flute masterclass on Thursday, January 12 at 3:30 p.m. in the Jennie Lee Hanson Recital Hall in MBR. Wincenc, a Grammy-nominated artist, has changed the face of the flute repertoire with an extraordinary list of commissions…

PLU Organist performs Bach at Portland’s St. James Lutheran Church

Sunday, December 4 at 5 pm PLU Music Professor and Organist Paul Tegels will play Bach Cantata Vespers and a Mozart Church Sonata for organ and strings at the historic downtown Portland’s St. James Lutheran Church on Dec. 4. The Bach Vesper will feature Cantata 61, Nun komm…

Sølvvinden Flute Ensemble to perform at Mary Bridge

The Sølvvinden Flute Ensemble’s latest project is music to our ears. Flute Choir at PLU, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. (Photo: John Froschauer/PLU) The next concert for Pacific Lutheran University’s Sølvvinden Flute Ensemble, PLU’s flute choir, will have a small but strong audience: patients at Mary…

Regency String Quartet Commemorates Hungarian Revolution

PLU’s Regency String Quartet will start the season off on the right note with two concerts commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution.  PLU faculty members Svend Rønning, Mary Manning, Betty Agent and Richard Treat will perform the program at 8 p.m. on October…

PLU to Welcome Grammy-Winning Organist Nathan Laube

Pacific Lutheran University welcomes internationally renowned organist Nathan Laube to campus on September 11, 2016 at 3 pm. Described as one of the world’s elite organ performers, Laube will kick off the Richard D. Moe Organ Series. Laube is a Grammy-winning organist, who tours and…

Jazz Under the Stars concert lineup announced

The 2016 Jazz Under the Stars series will begin on Thursday, July 7 in the outdoor amphitheater of the Mary Baker Russell Music Center on the PLU campus. This annual summer concert series is FREE to the public, PLU’s gift to our community. The series…

PLU Wind Ensemble tours eastern Washington and Portland, Oregon

The Pacific Lutheran University Wind Ensemble is traveling across the mountains to eastern Washington to perform in various venues this March. The 50-student ensemble will perform in Yakima, Spokane, Richland, Pasco and Portland, Oregon, and will finish with a homecoming concert in Lagerquist Concert Hall…

A Christmas Invitation – Photo Recap

Mandi LeCompte Email:; bradyad@plu.edu Christmas at PLU this year was extra special. The 2015 concert program featured the world premiere of critically acclaimed composer J.A.C. Redford’s  A Christmas Invitation , composed for PLU’s Choir of the West, University Chorale and University Symphony Orchestra. Opera star…