Michael Chesher, Luther College associate professor of music, and special guest clarinetist Tod Kerstetter from Kansas State University will collaborate with Luther faculty Jessica Paul, piano, and Lynne Postudensek Hart, clarinet, on a recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, in Luther's Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.
The program, consisting of varied works for one, two or three clarinets, bass clarinet and basset horn, is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Musical styles represented will include the romantic era, jazz, Latin jazz and contemporary – with works from classic composers like Felix Mendelssohn through contemporary artists like Scott McAllister.
As professor of clarinet at Luther, Chesher teaches clarinet, saxophone and woodwind methods.
Chesher holds the principal clarinetist position with the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
Chesher holds a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, a master's degree in music from Northwestern University and a doctoral degree in music from Indiana University. His teachers include Robert Marcellus, former principal clarinetist of the Cleveland Orchestra; Clark Brody, former principal clarinetist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; and James Campbell, member of the Order of Canada and Juno Award Recipient.
Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation with six choirs, three orchestras, three bands, two jazz bands and nearly 1,000 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. More than 350 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, church music and performance.