Faculty Artist Series: Luther's Chesher to perform clarinet recital Sept. 18

Michael Chesher, Luther College associate professor of music, will perform a faculty artist series clarinet recital at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 in the Recital Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus.

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

The program will include Mauricio Murcia Bedoya's "Columbian Dances" for clarinet duo, Yvonne Desportes' French Suite for clarinet quartet, Timothy Kramer's "Key Fragments" for solo clarinet, Beatriz Lockheart's "Estampas Criollas," arranged by Jorge Montilla Francis and Poulenc's Sonata for two clarinets.

Daniel Sheridan, associate professor of music at Winona State University, and Luther students Clara Byom and Calla Olson, will join Chesher for the performance.

Chesher has performed throughout the United States and Europe.

He holds the bachelor's degree from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, the master's degree from Northwestern University and the doctoral degree from Indiana University.

Chesher has played in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and appeared with the same orchestra as a soloist. He performed as an extra member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Georg Solti, Rafael Kubelik and Claudio Abbado, and played on subscription concerts, tours, sound recordings and video recordings.

While pursuing the doctoral degree he held the Second Clarinet position with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and played as an extra with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Since joining the Luther faculty in 1992, Chesher has played Principal Clarinet with the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, and opened the orchestra's 2000-01 season as a soloist on the Mozart, Clarinet Concerto. 

His former teachers include Lawrence McDonald, Robert Marcellus, Clark Brody, Larry Combs, Anton Weinberg, James Campbell, Howard Klug and Eli Eban.