Luther's Kylie Toomer to perform voice recital Feb. 8

Kylie Toomer, Luther College alumni guest lecturer in music, will perform a "Fifty Shades of Love," a solo voice recital at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus.

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

Through music by Mozart, Robert Schumann, Claude Debussy and Jake Heggie, Toomer will explore the various forms love takes in life.

Karen Kanakis, soprano and Luther associate professor of music, and Andrew Wanningman, baritone and Luther alumni guest lecturer in music, will join Toomer in her performance, with Jessica Paul, Luther professor of music, collaborating with her on piano.

In 2011, Toomer competed in the Czech and Slovak Voice International Comepetition and placed at the finals in Montreal, Quebec.

An active performer, she has held a variety of operatic roles, including Pamina in "Die Zauberflöte," Governess in "Turn of the Screw" and Birdie in Blitzstein's "Regina." D Magazine described her as "continually captivating, sensitive and vocally magnificent."

Toomer has worked behind the curtain for opera as well.  She has served as stage manager for University of North Texas Opera's Production of "Le Nozze di Figaro" and "Werther," and most recently as the artistic manager of Madison Opera House in Madison, Wis.

Toomer holds the bachelor's degree from Luther and the master's degree from University of North Texas.