The Luther College music department will host Mark Tollefsen in a guest recital at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 9, in the Noble Recital Hall in the Jensen-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus.
Tollefsen's program consists of the cycle of 15 piano pieces in Leoš Janáček's "On an Overgrown Path". At the time of writing this, Janáček was recovering from the death of his daughter, Olga, and the 15 pieces in this piano suite serve as a sort of emotional diary.
In addition, Tollefsen will perform Robert Schumann's "Carnaval, Opus 9". The work consists of 21 short pieces representing masked revelers at Carnival, the festival before Lent.
There will be a short intermission between the two works.
Since debuting with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra at the age of 15, Tollefsen has made an international career as both a soloist and chamber musician. He has performed in Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Italy, Portugal, Russia, Serbia and Spain in addition to many performances across the United States.
Tollefsen holds a Bachelor of Arts in music from Washington University in St. Louis and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Cincinnati. He is currently an assistant professor of music at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Tollefsen's talents are frequently called upon for concerto performances, including an appearance at the 2010 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic and as part of the University of Cincinnati's 2011 Chamber Music Series with the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Chamber Players. Other concerto engagements have occurred with the CCM Wind Symphony, the Washington University Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, the Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Accent09 Ensemble and the Queen City Quartet.
Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation, with six choirs, three orchestras, three bands, two jazz bands and more than 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. Nearly 275 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.