Faculty Artist Series: Luther's Martin, Reed and Whitfield to perform with guest artist Rondón

Luther College will host a Faculty Artist Series recital at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 15, in the Noble Recital Hall in the Jenson-Noble Music Hall on the Luther campus. Performers include Luther faculty Spencer Martin, Baroque violin; Kathryn Reed, harpsichord and organ; and Andrew Whitfield, baritone; guest artist Tulio Rondón performing on Baroque cello and viola da gamba; and the Luther College Collegium Musicum.

The all-Baroque program features solo violin and viola da gamba works by Castello, Uccellini, Pandolfi, Marais, Leclair and Bach as well as the Bach cantata, "Der Friede sei mit dir," BWV 158 with Andrew Whitfield as solo baritone.

Martin is active as a chamber and orchestral musician, and performs frequently in the Luther College Piano Quartet. He serves as co-director of the International Music Festival of the Adriatic, a chamber music festival for piano, strings, voice and composition in Duino, Italy. He holds degrees from Butler University, Wichita State University, and the University of Minnesota.

Reed teaches harpsichord, class piano, ear training and directs Collegium Musicum at Luther. She co-directs Burning Bright, an annual community benefit concert held in December. She has performed as a harpsichord soloist and continuo player throughout the Midwest and in New York's Carnegie Hall. Recently she has performed at Peoria Bach Festival and in collaborations with recorder player Lisette Kielson. She holds degrees from Lawrence University and the University of Michigan.

Whitfield serves as associate professor of music and enjoys teaching and performing at Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival. He holds degrees from Butler University, Wichita State University and Louisiana State University. In addition to appearances with Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Southwest and Pensacola Opera, Whitfield has also been a resident artist with Portland Opera Works.

Rondón is an early music specialist whose performance career has taken him all over the world. Known for his vivid depth, passionate performances and strong leadership, Rondón was appointed adjunct professor of cello at the Simón Bolivar Conservatory at age 17.

He earned a bachelor's degree in music from the Simón Bolivar Conservatory, a master's degree of music from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and completed a doctoral degree in performance at the University of Arizona. He continued his studies in The Netherlands completing two years of post-graduate studies on baroque cello and viola da gamba at The Royal Conservatory in The Hague.