Luther's ‘Music in the Shape of a Pear’ concert series features music from 1973

“Music in the Shape of a Pear” concert series will present “Music from the year 1973” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29 in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Music Hall on the Luther campus.

The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission and features concert music by William Alwyn, Alan Hovhaness, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Frederic Rzewski, Harvey Sollberger, Stephen Sondheim and Toru Takemitsu. The recital also includes popular music from 1973 by Pink Floyd, Marvin Gaye, ZZ Top, Wet Willie, Stevie Wonder and Led Zeppelin. Luther composition instructors Brooke Joyce and Steve Smith, co-curators of the concert, were both born in 1973, so the concert serves as a 40th birthday celebration for them.

Featured in the concert are music faculty members Ann Benjamin, Carol Hester, Xiao Hu, Helen James, Brooke Joyce, Karen Kanakis, Joseph Kromholz, Eric Kutz and Jacob Lassetter as well as student performer Hanna Josephson. Special guests include band “Absolute Hoot,” featuring Erik Berg, Jeni Grouws, Nori Hadley, Steve Smith, and Mark Stumme.  

Brooke Joyce is associate professor of music and composer-in-residence at Luther College. His music has been performed by soloists and ensambles from around the world, including the Indianapolis Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, the Bentano Quartet, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, the Nash Ensemble and James Gilchrist. He also collaborated on several musical theater works with playwright Frederick Gaines, including “Unbekannt,” a musical inspired by the life of famous Anastasia pretender, Anna Anderson, and “A Imaginary Line,” based on Jon Krakauer’s book “Into the Wild.”

His CD of chamber music, "Waves of Stone,” was released in 2009. MusicWebb International says his music features "dramatic pieces which are rhythmically energetic, with…a sense of underlying strength of will."

"Music in the Shape of a Pear" is a semi-annual concert series directed by Joyce. Performances include collaborations between Luther faculty, staff and students, local musicians and guest recitalists.