Faculty Artist Series Luther's Rachel Ware and Kristin Hightower to perform voice recital Feb. 16

Rachel Ware and Kristin Hightower, Luther College adjunct faculty in music, will perform a soprano vocal recital titled "From the 20th Century with Love" at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus.

"From the 20th Century with Love" features works by Giacomo Puccini, Richard Strauss, John Carter and Igor Stravinsky.

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

Ware has made international appearances as an opera singer, debuting in Europe as Zerlina in "Don Giovanni. Her other roles include Lucia in "The Rape of Lucretia," Drusilla in "L'incoronazione di Poppea" and Anne Page in "The Merry Wives of Windsor."

In addition to teaching classes on opera and contemporary music history and Luther, Ware is also involved in researching the use of science and imagery in the voice studio. Her paper on the subject was presented at the CMS Great Lakes Regional Conference, the Voice Foundation's 40th Annual Symposium and the Phenomenon of Singing Symposium in 2011.

A graduate of Luther, Ware also holds a master's degree and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Minnesota.

Hightower has given a number of solo performances throughout Texas, the Los Angeles area and Europe. Her performances include soprano solos from works such as Handel's "Messiah," Haydn's "Creation" and "Mass in Time of War" and Mozart's "Mass in C minor."

She holds a bachelor's degree from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas and a master's degree and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from UCLA.

Rachel Ware and Kristin Hightower, faculty in music