Faculty Artist Series: Luther's Jessica Paul to perform collaborative piano recital Oct. 21

Jessica Paul, professor of music, will perform a collaborative piano recital at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21 in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Music Hall on the Luther campus.

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

The program will feature Luther faculty and local musicians collaborating with Paul to perform a mix of instrumental and vocal music.

Heather Armstrong, oboe, Michael Chesher, clarinet, Katie Seidel, bassoon, and Rebecca Boehm Shaffer, horn, will join Paul in Mozart's Quintet in Eb major, K. 452.             Kristin Hightower, soprano, and Edwin Andereck, tenor, will be accompanied by Paul in a group of art songs by Franz Schubert, and Carol Hester, flute, will perform transcriptions with Paul of art songs by Lili Boulanger.

The recital will close with songs from the collection "Chants d'Auvergne" (Songs of the Auvergne) by Joseph Canteloube, originally composed for voice and orchestra, performed by Kylie Toomer, soprano, and Paul, assisted by Chesher and Armstrong.

Paul holds the bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Illinois.

She is the former principal conductor and artistic director of Dorian Opera Theatre and worked with such opera companies as the Pittsburgh Opera Theatre, Opera Theatre of Illinois, National Opera Company, Cleveland Opera Theatre, Virginia Opera Association, Lake George Opera Festival, Cedar Rapids Opera, and Pine Mountain Music Festival.

Paul is currently the vocal coach and instructor in the collaborative arts at Luther College.