Stacey Barelos to present guest recital at Luther College Sept. 7

Stacey Barelos, Luther College alumna of 2000 and current assistant professor of piano and theory at Missouri Southern State University, will present a guest recital at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 7 in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson Noble Music Hall on the Luther campus.

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

The program includes "Rhapsody: The Irish Legends" and "Dynamic Motion and the Five Encores" by Henry Cowell, "Porquoi?" by Timothy Roy, "Drift" by David Nalesnik, and two original pieces composed by Barelos, "Phobia" and "Free and Unticketed."

Barelos specializes in the music of the 20th and 21st century, particularly music of living composers.  Her first solo release, "The Midwest American Piano Project," which features works by living composers with ties to the American Midwest, was released by Albany Records in 2008.  Barelos has done extensive research and performance of the piano music of American composer Henry Cowell (1897-1965).  Her CD of solo piano music by Henry Cowell was released by Centaur Records in 2012.

Also a composer, Barelos' works have been performed across the U.S. and in Europe and Australia. Her recent piece, "Free and Unticketed" was featured on the Fall 2010 tour of pianist Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi. Her work, "Phobia," was performed by the Accent '09 ensemble's tour in Italy and Switzerland.

Barelos received the doctor of musical arts degree in piano performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the David and Edith Sinaiko-Frank Graduate Fellowship for a Woman in the Arts and a Marie Kohler Knapp House Fellowship, awarded to only nine graduate students per year, of which she was the first music recipient in more than 50 years.

She holds a masters of music degree from Bowling Green State University and is a 2000 graduate of Luther College.  Among the professors she studied with were the illustrious Dr. John Strauss and Dr. Marjorie Wharton.  For more information visit: www.staceybarelos.com