Heather Armstrong, Luther College associate professor of music, will perform an oboe recital featuring music inspired by poetry, ideas and images related to the natural world at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus.
The recital is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Collaborating on the recital are Luther faculty members Xiao Hu, associate professor of music; piano, and Spencer Martin, associate professor of music; viola.
William Bolcom's "Aubade: for the Continuation of Life" was inspired by Jonathon Schell's 1982 book "The Fate of the Earth," which explores the consequences of nuclear war on humanity and on the planet. Joseph Schwanter's "Black Anenomes" and Charles Loeffler's "Two Rhapsodies" are both inspired by poetry, and Paul Reade's "Aspects of a Landscape" musically depicts the dawning of day and the birdsongs that accompany it.
A founding member of the Talus Trio, a Luther College faculty woodwind trio, and principal oboist of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, Armstrong is dedicated to supporting and performing new music. In 2008, she premiered "Cast Me Away," a piece for oboe and percussion by Sun Mi Ro, at the International Double Reed Convention in Provo, Utah. Armstrong premiered Brooke Joyce's oboe concerto, "Une Cité Moderne," with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony in 2014.
She has also appeared in solo and chamber music recitals throughout the country, most recently at the Rochester Chamber Music Society, Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Iowa and Augsburg College.
Armstrong received D.M.A. and M.M. degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Richard Killmer. She received a bachelor's degree from Houghton College and studied at the Banff Centre and Chautauqua Institution.