'The Romantic Viola: Works for viola from the 19th and 20th centuries' Kate Hamilton to present guest recital at Luther College on Sept. 11

Kate Hamilton, associate professor of viola at Concordia College, will present a guest recital at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11 in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Music Hall at Luther College.  Jay Hershberger, associate professor of piano at Concordia College, will accompany her on piano.    

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

The program includes  "Suite for Viola and Orchestra" by Ralph Vaughn Williams, Romanze for Viola and Orchestra, op. 85, by Max Bruch, "Liebeslied" by Fritz Kreisler, "Allegro Appassionto" by Frank Bridge and Sonata in E-flat major, Opus 120 no. 2 by Johannes Brahms.

Hamilton is the newly appointed associate professor of viola at Concordia College and has been described as a violist with "a rich viola sound, characterized by perfect taste and expressive freedom." (Peoria Times, Illinois, USA).  Highlights of 2012-13 include soloist with the Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra (China), Central Oregon Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of San Jose (Costa Rica), Cartago Symphony (Costa Rica), and the Vale Veneto Festival Orchestra (Brazil). Her recent solo recitals have been heard in Beijing, Italy, Costa Rica, Louisiana and on Minnesota Public Radio and KBAQ (Phoenix, Arizona).

Active in charitable work, Hamilton has been a guest teacher at the Lugano String Project in Buenos Aires, Argentina. From 2001-2006, she was the recipient of a $40,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to fund a string program that offered low-cost lessons to young children in rural areas of central Illinois. As a result of this highly successful program, she was awarded the 2002 Faculty Research Award from Illinois State University.

Hamilton began playing the viola at eight years of age in the public schools of Buffalo, New York. She is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and the Peabody Conservatory.