Faculty Artist Series: Luther's Peter Lingen to perform guitar recital Feb. 20

Peter Lingen, music instructor at Luther College, will perform a guitar recital with Excier Rodriquez, Luther class of 1991, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Music Hall on the Luther campus.

The program, open to the public with no charge for admission, features Spanish music by Enrique Granados and Manuel de Falla, along with music from the Dominican Republic.  New works featured on the program include two "Sound Sculptures" by Tim Scully and Peter Lingen and "Manantial" (Waterfall) by Excier Rodriquez. 

Lingen first studied guitar at the McPhail School of Music, then with Albert Bellson and with Jeffrey Van at the University of Minnesota in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program.

Lingen has taught guitar for more than 30 years, as an instructor at several colleges and universities in Minneapolis and Winona, Minn., as well as with the Schmitt Music Company.

Lingen performs guitar, flute and viola da gamba literature, and has composed and arranged numerous works for guitar, voice, viola, flute, piano, mandolin and string quartet.

His "Romance" for violin and guitar was published in 1979 by Cavata Music Publishers (Music of the Americas). In 1995 his "Hymns of Reverence" for flute and guitar was published by ALRY Publications, Etc. His arrangements of Greek music for guitar and mandolin have been recorded with singer Maria Zouves.

Rodriquez studied classical guitar at the National Conservatory of Music in the Dominican Republic. During this time, Rodriquez was counted among the most promising Dominican musicians for his virtuoso performances on the classical guitar, as well as for his conducting skills and vibrant compositions. He became a choir conductor at some of the most important religious centers of Santo Domingo and was the founder of the choral program at the Dominican-American Bi-national Center of Culture and director of the music program Centro de la Cultura Santiago, in his hometown. He also served as choral director at the Catholic University, Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra.

In 1989 Rodriquez was selected as the recipient of the Genevieve Steinberg scholarship at Luther continue his studies of guitar, choral music, music education, and music theory and composition. 

Rodriquez earned a Master of Music Performance degree at Wichita State University and soon after started working for Denver Public Schools as a teacher of mathematics and science at the secondary level. 

Rodriquez is a regular performer in different guitar societies and venues of the Denver metropolitan area and his music is performed by a great number of guitar enthusiasts across the state.