College hosts 53rd annual Dorian Keyboard Festival Nov. 12-13

Oct. 28, 2010

Approximately 140 junior high and high school students will take part in the 53rd annual Dorian Keyboard Festival on the Luther College campus Nov. 12-13.

Students will perform in piano, organ or harpsichord recitals Saturday, Nov. 13, beginning at 4:30 p.m., with outstanding festival soloists being selected for an honor recital at 7 p.m. that evening. Recitals are held in the Noble Recital Hall of Jenson-Noble Hall of Music and are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Each year a guest artist is brought to the Luther campus to perform and conduct a master class with students. This year's guest artist is Janice Wenger, professor of music at the University of Missouri. Wenger is well known in the music community for her skill with the fortepiano, a forerunner of the modern piano. She will give a fortepiano recital Friday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. The recital is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Wenger holds the bachelor of arts degree in music from Kansas State University, the master of music degree from the Eastman School of Music and the doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. In addition, she has presented programs and lecture recitals for the College Music Society, the American Liszt Society, the Music Teachers National Association, the Missouri Music Teachers Association, the Music Educators National Conference and the Janáček Academy of Music in Brno, Czech Republic.

Wenger, along with the Luther keyboard faculty, will work with Dorian and Luther students throughout the weekend. After the festival, Wenger will hold a master class with six Luther student-pianists on Sunday, Nov. 14, at noon in the Noble Recital Hall. The master class is open to the public with no charge for admission.

For more information about the festival, contact Jim Buzza, Dorian music coordinator, at (563) 387-1389 or visit www.luther.edu/music/dorian/keyboard/.