Violinist Dan Auerbach presents guest recital

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Recognized for his performances across the U.S., Canada and Israel, visiting concert violinist Dan Auerbach will give a recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, in Luther College's Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music. The recital is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Auerbach will perform J.S. Bach's "Partita in D Minor for Solo Violin" BWV 1004 in five movements. Known for its lengthy chaconne, this piece emerged from a period in Bach's career in which he was exploring the "church sonata" form, possibly inspired by Arcangelo Corelli's work.

Correlating with his specialty in microtonal music, Auerbach will also perform Alois Hába's Hudba for Solo Violin, Op. 9b. Written by a Czech composer who was interested in folk and microtonal music, the piece involves requires interpretation by the performer, as it has no bar lines. Concluding the program, Auerbach will play Paganini's Caprices, Op. 1, which forms the basis of virtuoso violin technique and also inspired the piano virtuosity of Liszt and Chopin.

Having performed in every major venue in New York City, Auerbach is also a fellowship recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. Interested in microtonal music, he is also a proponent of new, klezmer and world music.

In addition to being a concerto soloist for festival orchestras, Auerbach has performed and toured with ensembles such as Continuum, the New Julliard Ensemble and the David Glukh Klezmer Ensemble.

In the past year, Auerbach has given a U.S. recital tour and a chamber musical recital at the DiMenna Center in New York, had his performances broadcast on Michigan Public Radio and recorded a CD for the MSR Classics label.

At the College of Staten Island, City University of New York, Auerbach currently serves as assistant professor of music, teaching violin, viola, chamber music and conducting the orchestra.

Auerbach earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music from the Juilliard School and received his doctoral degree from Rutgers University.

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.