'Music in the Shape of a Pear': Luther to host semi-annual music event Oct. 28

Luther College will host its semi-annual "Music in the Shape of a Pear," directed by Luther composer-in-residence Brooke Joyce at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Music Hall on the Luther campus.

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

Featured performers include Brooke Joyce, piano and Nathan Wesselowski, tenor. They will perform "The Holy Sonnets of John Donne" by Benjamin Britten and three works by Joyce: "The Path," "Afterthoughts of Lakeside Park" and an excerpt from Joyce's opera "An Imaginary Line."

Joyce's music has been depicted as "vividly pictorial" by the San Francisco Chronicle and "exceptionally gripping" by the Los Angeles Times. His music has been performed by soloists and ensembles around the world.

He is the recipient of the Joseph Bearns Prize, the Wayne Peterson Prize and the Darias Milhaud Award.
            Joyce teaches composition, theory, contemporary music history and electronic music at Luther. He holds degrees in theory/composition from Princeton University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Lawrence University.

He has composed music for a variety of chamber ensembles, orchestras and soloists, but his first love is music for the theater. Among his music-theater collaborations is "Unbekannt," a musical based on the life of Anna Anderson, the famous Anastasia pretender.

During the summer, Joyce is a faculty member of The Walden School in New Hampshire. He also serves as composer-in-residence with the Lutheran Summer Music Academy.

Wesselowski serves on the voice faculty of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee. He has performed with New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, Cleveland Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Ash Lawn Highland Summer Festival and the National Opera Company. He has also been seen in over a dozen productions with Skylight Music Theatre.

For more information on the festival, visit http://music.luther.edu/composition or call (563) 387-1386.

Brooke Joyce will direct 'Music in the Shape of a Pear' on Oct. 28