The Calliope Duo, featuring Elizabeth McNutt, flute, and Shannon Wettstein, piano, will perform a guest recital at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 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 recent solo and chamber works by Mario Lavista, José-Luis Hurtado, Arturo Furentes, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez and a world premiere by Iowa composer, Harvey Sollberger.
McNutt and Wettstein formed the Calliope Duo in 1999. In their collaborations as the Calliope Duo and in their highly acclaimed solo performances, McNutt and Wettstein present the most original and innovative newly composed music. The Calliope Duo's programs focus on works that extend from the latter half of the 20th century into the beginning of the 21st. To give a fresh perspective to both new and old music, Calliope occasionally incorporates substantial and innovative compositions from past centuries into their recital programs.
Through collaborations with composers and outreach to audiences, the Calliope Duo works to build the concert repertoire and audiences of the future. The name Calliope refers to an innovative American combination of flute and piano, a keyboard instrument that plays a rank of steam-driven pipes. Calliope is also the name of the Greek muse of eloquence and epic poetry, an embodiment of the duo's mission to convey ideas of heroic intensity with beauty and grace.
In addition to their work as a duo, the members of Calliope are avid solo performers as well, featured in such venues as the Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella series, Boston's Gardner Museum and Jordan Hall, and festivals at Aspen, Colorado; Scotia, Canada; Darmstadt, Germany; Yellow Barn, Vermont; Arcosanti, Arizona; and Buffalo, New York.
Recent appearances include the New Music Circle of St. Louis, the Birmingham Art Music Alliance, Minnesota State University at Moorhead, University of Maryland Baltimore County, the SEAMUS National Conference, the Southeastern Composers' League, and the National Flute Association.
McNutt released a CD of music for solo flute and electronics, "pipe wrench," last year on the Electronic Music Foundation Media label. An avid performer of electro-acoustic music, McNutt also performs with clarinetist Esther Lamneck in the duo The Tornado Project.
Wettstein is formerly the pianist for the Twin Cities-based contemporary ensemble, Zeitgeist. Her solo piano album is available under the Centaur label.