Faculty Artist Series: Karen Kanakis to perform voice recital March 19

Karen Kanakis, Luther College associate professor of music, will perform a voice recital at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus.

The event is open to the public with no charge of admission.

The program will feature the works of Gluck, Cesti, Respighi, Strauss, Obradors, and a composition by Brooke Joyce, resident composer and faculty member at Luther. Other artists collaborating on the program include Luther Faculty Michael Chesher, Carol Hester, Eric Kutz, and Jessica Paul.

Kanakis has extensive concert experience and has performed in many operas in both the United States and Italy.  Her signature roles include the Verdi heroines Violetta in "La Traviata," Abigaille in "Nabucco" and Alice Ford in "Falstaff."

Kanakis holds a Bachelor of Music degree, magna cum laude, from Missouri State University and a Master of Music degree from Stephen F. Austin State University. A Rotary International Graduate Scholar, Kanakis also studied abroad at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Detmold, Germany. She went on to the University of North Texas, earning a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in voice and opera.