‘Music in the Shape of a Pear’ concert series continues March 12

March 11, 2010

Luther College’s semi-annual “Music in the Shape of a Pear” concert series, directed by music faculty member Brooke Joyce, will continue in March with a concert, “Night Music,” Friday, March 12 at 8 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall of Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.

The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Included on the program are works based around the idea of night including “Suddenly It’s Evening” by Donald Erb, “Come Close the Curtains of the Night” by David Hogan, “Evensong” by Joyce, “Dark Matter” by Alex Nohai-Seaman, and “Starry Night” by Alan Hovhaness.

The concert will also include the world premiere of the Randall Bauer piece “Hypnagogia.”

In addition to these instrumental/vocal works, students from Joyce’s electro-acoustic music class at Luther will premiere six new electronic compositions.

Featured performers include a mix of more than 25 Luther students and faculty.

Since joining the Luther faculty in 2005, where he teaches composition, theory, contemporary music history and electronic music, Joyce has composed new works for the Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band, Nordic Choir, Murasaki Duo, Talus Trio and several individual faculty performers.

He recently released his first CD of chamber music, “Waves of Stone,” on the Innova label. In addition to his work at Luther, Joyce is composer in residence with the Water City Chamber Orchestra, based in Oshkosh, Wis., and Lutheran Summer Music, as well as a summer faculty member at The Walden School in New Hampshire.

For more information about the “Music in the Shape of a Pear” concert, visit http://www.music.luther.edu/composition or call Brooke Joyce at (563) 387-1386.