Luther College to host violinist Svend Rønning

With chamber music appearances around the globe, from Seattle to Sapporo, Luther College's music department is pleased to host Svend Rønning in a guest violin recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus.

Rønning will also give a public lecture on Scandinavian music at 9:40 a.m. Thursday Sept. 17, in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall.

Both the recital and the lecture are open to the public with no charge for admission.

For the first half of the recital, Rønning will perform works by Scandinavian composers in collaboration with Miko Kominami, Luther instructor in music, on piano.

After a brief intermission, Rønning will be joined by Kominami as well as Luther faculty members Igor Kalnin, violin; Spencer Martin, viola; and Cole Tutino, cello, for a performance of Brahms's Piano Quintet.

Rønning has an extensive performance career with a repertoire including most of the standard violin concertos as well as those by Alban Berg, Walter Ross and Miklós Rózsa. As a soloist, he has performed with numerous ensembles, including Orchestra Seattle and the Prague Radio Symphony.

He serves as violinist of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra and the Regency String Quartet, and has had chamber music performances at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, the Mostly Nordic Chamber Series in Seattle and the Washington State Governor's Mansion Chamber Series.

Since 1999, Rønning has served on the faculty of Pacific Lutheran University where he teaches string labs, chamber music and a course on Scandinavian music.

He holds a bachelor's degree in violin performance from Pacific Lutheran University, and master's and doctoral degrees from Yale University.

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.

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