June 20, 2010 (San Diego) – The All Saints’ Episcopal Church Choir will present a free classical/sacred choral concert today at 4 p.m. in the All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 625 Pennsylvania Avenue in San Diego. The event is dedicated to the memory of Harold G. Lutz, an East County choral conductor, composer and educator.
Lutz taught music, directed the choir and award-winning marching band at Grossmont High School from 1939 to 1955, with the exception of a few years overseas during World War II. He composed the school hymn, “Hail to Thee, Dear Grossmont. He later taught at El Cajon Valley High School. Lutz also brought together music lovers and the business community to create the Grossmont Community Concert Association.
“My father could play just about any musical instrument,” said his son, Raymond Lutz, the current president of the Grossmont Community Concert Association. “His forte, though, was conducting—getting people to perform in a choir or a band. He did the choreography for the Grossmont High band at halftime shows and when it won in statewide competitions and the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena.” Harold Lutz passed away in 2004, after retiring and moving to the North Coast redwoods area.
The concert will feature Robert MacLeod, organist and choirmaster, James Hansen, organist, Steven Foster and Tim Brandt, trumpet, Pauline Tweed, soprano, Martha Howe, contralto, Ron Gillis, tenor, and William Robinson, baritone.
Learn more about Harold Lutz at www.HaroldLutz.com.
Learn more about the Grossmont Community Concert Association at http://www.gccaweb.org/.