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Homecoming concert to honor professor

October 8, 2014
Dr. David Luther
Dr. David Luther

Oct. 6, 2014 — A student and alumni choir (including the talents of the Bryan College Chorale and Chamber Singers) in excess of 100 singers will give a special concert in honor of Dr. David Luther, professor of music and director of the Chorale. The concert will be held Saturday, Oct. 11, at 5:00 P.M. in Rudd Auditorium on Bryan College’s Dayton, Tenn., campus during the Homecoming 2014 celebration.

Dr. Luther, affectionately known as “Dr. D” to his students and alumni, will soon be retiring after teaching music at Bryan for nearly four decades. During the Voices Uplifted choral concert in March of this year, Drs. David and Sigrid Luther were surprised with the unveiling of a special project generated by the appreciation and love of friends and alumni of the Bryan College music program: a commissioned original painting for Dr. Sigrid Luther and a commissioned original choral work for Dr. D.

This anthem, titled “Hail the Day that sees Him Rise,” is based on Romans 8:31-32: “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (ESV)  It was written in Dr. Luther’s honor by Dan Forrest, one of the professor’s favorite composers, “whose works have sold more than a million copies and been sung in Carnegie hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and around the world,” according to officials.

The Oct. 11 concert will be the anthem’s very first performance. The same choir will also perform other favorites, such as “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” and “Jesus Paid it All.”

Dr. Luther remarked, “I feel so honored that alumni and friends would not only be involved in participating in the program during Homecoming, but would also donate funds toward the cost of a commissioned anthem by Dan Forrest in my name. God has been gracious in allowing me to train hundreds of wonderful Bryan students over these last 36 years.”

Written by Chloe Ann Nardone ’13, assistant director of marketing, 423.775.7206; chloe.nardone@bryan.edu.