Kristin Hightower, former Luther College adjunct faculty in music, and Beth Ray Westlund, Luther associate professor of music, will perform a vocal recital at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus. The theme for the recital is "Amor e Morte (Love and Death)." Jessica Paul, Luther professor of music, is the collaborative pianist for the recital.
The recital is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Hightower will perform Richard Strauss' "Drei Lieder der Ophelia," three chansons of Cécile Chaminade and a scene from Igor Stravinsky's "The Rake's Progress."
Ray will perform works by Francis Poulenc, epitaph settings by Richard Hundley and Theodore Chanler and an aria from Giuseppe Verdi's "Don Carlo."
Hightower and Ray will collaborate on operatic duets from Handel's "Rinaldo" and "Sosarme" and will feature Luther faculty members Heather Armstrong and James Griesheimer, oboe; Virginia Strauss and Tarn Travers, violin; Spencer Martin, viola; Eric Kutz, cello; and Kathryn Reed, harpsichord.
Hightower was a member of the Luther voice faculty from 2010 to 2014.
Ray joined the Luther music department faculty in 2001 teaching voice, diction for singers and serving as associate department head.