'Contrasts for the End of Time' Faculty and Guest Chamber Recital at Luther Feb. 5

Faculty and Guest Chamber Recital at Luther Feb. 5

Luther College faculty Xiao Hu and Eric Kutz along with guest artists Jubal Fulks and Scot Humes will perform "Contrasts for the End of Time," a recital featuring works for piano, cello, violin and clarinet, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5. Held in Luther's Noble Recital Hall in Jenson-Noble Hall of Music, the recital is open to the public with no charge for admission.

"Contrasts for the End of Time" features "Contrasts," by Bela Bartok, and "Quartet for the End of Time," by Olivier Messien.

"Quartet for the End of Time" was written while Messiaen was a prisoner of war in a German prison camp in World War II. The piece is written for piano, cello, violin and clarinet as those were the only instruments available in the prison. It was first performed in the camp by Messiaen's fellow prisoners. "Quartet for the End of Time" and Bartok's "Contrasts," written for violin, clarinet and piano, were first performed in 1941.

Hu earned Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Cincinnati and a doctoral degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook.

She has performed in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York City as well as other concert venues in Europe and Asia. Hu has presented concerts and workshops at many institutions, including Guangzhou Xinghai Conservatory of Music, China Central Normal University, University of South Florida and Abilene Christian University.

Kutz earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Rice University and master's and doctoral degrees from the Juilliard School.

He is active as a teacher, chamber and orchestral musician, and soloist, performing for audiences across North America and Europe. Kutz summers in Chicago as a member of the Grant Park Orchestra's cello section. He has also appeared in the New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and served as principal cellist of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and the Juilliard Orchestra.

Fulks who taught at Luther from 2008 to 2010, earned bachelor's and master's degrees in music from North Carolina School of the Arts and a doctoral degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Fulks, University of Northern Colorado assistant professor of music, is an award winning and critically acclaimed artist and teacher who performs music from every historical era through today. He has performed as a violinist with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco Bay Area, the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and in the Jazz at Lincoln Center series.

Humes, University of Louisiana associate professor of music, earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, a master's degree from Ball State University and a doctoral degree from Stony Brook University.

Humes maintains an active performance schedule of solo and chamber recitals that includes working with composers Eric Ewazen, Frank Ticheli, Chen Yi and Stephen Paulus. He is the Principal Clarinet of the Monroe Symphony Orchestra and has performed with many orchestras including the Shreveport Symphony, South Arkansas Symphony and Marion Philharmonic.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,400, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the bachelor of arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.

Xiao Hu
Scot Humes
Jubal Fulks