Luther College music faculty Jonathon Struve, baritone, and Jessica Paul, piano, will present a lecture recital, "Wedding Text and Music in the Creation of Song," at 7 p.m. Friday, March 7, 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.
Struve and Paul will explore the relationship between composers and the poets and texts that inspired their song settings. To this end, the recital includes examples of poems that have been set by multiple composers, allowing listeners to experience the unique interpretations and musical language each composer brings to the poetry in creating their song settings. Some of the poets represented on the recital include Shakespeare, Verlaine, and Goethe in song settings by Brahms, Ives, Schubert, Vaughan Williams and others.
Struve has been a part of Luther's music faculty since 2008 and graduated from Luther in 2002. After earning a master's degree in vocal performance from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., Struve continued his doctoral studies at the University of Iowa, where he served as a teaching assistant and appeared in productions of "La Bohême," "Viva la mama!" and "Trial by Jury." An active recitalist, Struve has presented several recitals of arts songs in the Iowa City and Decorah communities, specializing in the song cycles of Gerald Finzi, Arthur Somervell and Robert Schumann.
Jessica Paul, professor of music at Luther, serves as a vocal coach, collaborative pianist, and teacher of accompanying. Frequently Paul is engaged as a collaborative pianist and guest clinician both on and off campus, with companies such as the National Opera Company, the Pittsburgh Opera Theatre, and Pine Mountain Music Festival.