Featuring strong vocals and precision on strings, woodwinds and piano, Luther College music faculty will present a showcase concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus.
The performance is the opening event of the 2017-18 faculty concert season at Luther and is open to the public with no charge for admission.
The music faculty showcase features eight performances, with works from Leonard Bernstein, Mozart and an original piece from a Luther composer.
The recital includes the original piece "Charlottesville," composed by Brooke Joyce, Luther composer-in-residence. Luther Associate Professor of Music Andrew Whitfield, baritone, will sing "Tutto é disposto…Aprite un po' quegli occhi" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with piano accompaniment from Nicholas Shaneyfelt, visiting assistant professor of music. Pianist Du Huang, professor of music, will perform "Poissons d'or" by Claude Debussy.
Professor of Music Spencer Martin, viola, and Shaneyfelt, piano, will perform "Romance in D-flat Major" by Benjamin Dale. Clarinetist Michael Chesher, associate professor of music, will perform Sonata for Clarinet and Piano by Leonard Bernstein, with accompaniment by Shaneyfelt.
Soprano Rachel Storlie, visiting instructor of voice, will perform "Son figliuola d'una fata" by composer and poet Carlotta Ferrari. Duo-B, a string duo of cellist Philip Borter, assistant professor of music, and violinist Hirono Borter will perform two pieces, "Chau Paris" by Astor Piazzolla and "Zingaresca" by Erwin Schulhoff. Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Igor Kalnin, violin, will perform Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20, by Pablo Sarasate. Accompaniment will be provided by Miko Kominami, instructor in music.
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 more than 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. Nearly 275 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.