Audiences will have an opportunity to experience poetry in a unique way when it mixes with music during the baritone voice recital by Andrew Whitfield, Luther College associate professor of music, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12.
The performance, "Ballads, Odes, and Elegies," will be held in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus and is open to the public with no charge for admission.
In addition to art songs by Georges Enesco, Rudi Stephan and Hugo Wolf, the performance will feature "Dover Beach" for string quartet and baritone by Samuel Barber. Two pieces by Brooke Joyce, Luther composer-in-residence, will be featured on the concert as well.
Whitfield will be assisted by several Luther faculty, including Brooke Joyce, percussion; Joseph Kromholz, violin; Eric Kutz, cello; Spencer Martin, viola; Jessica Paul, piano; and Virginia Strauss, violin.
In addition to appearances with Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Southwest and the Pensacola Opera, Whitfield served as a resident artist with Portland Opera Works. His most recent performance highlights include engagements with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, and the Peoria Bach Festival.
Originally from Shelbyville, Ind. Whitfield holds a bachelor of music degree from Butler University, master of music degree from Wichita State University and doctor of musical arts degree from Louisiana State University.
During the summers of 2006-11, Whitfield served on the faculty of the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival, a four-week residential training program for talented high school musicians.
With Jessica Paul, fellow Luther professor of music, Whitfield performed Schubert's "Winterreise" in Colorado, Iowa and Wisconsin February-March 2011. In April 2011 he was the baritone soloist in the Brahms "Requiem" performed at Grinnell College.
As part of Luther's Sesquicentennial celebration, Whitfield sang the baritone solos in Haydn's "Lord Nelson Mass" both at Luther and in Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis on April 16-17, 2011.