Faculty Artist Series

Carla Hanson and Ainhoa Urkijo present recital March 18

Performing works by Claude Debussy, Henri Duparc, Richard Strauss, Gian Carlo Menotti and Samuel Barber, Luther College's Carla Thelen Hanson and her collaborator Ainhoa Urkijo will present a recital at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 18, in the Noble Recital Hall of Luther's Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.

Joining Hanson and Urkijo are Luther music faculty Philip Borter, assistant professor of music, on cello; Rachel Brandwein, adjunct faculty in music, on harp; Igor Kalnin, assistant professor of music, on violin; Spencer Martin, professor of music, on violin; Rebecca Boehm Shaffer, adjunct faculty in music, on French horn and Virginia Strauss, professor of music, on violin.

Thelen Hanson is garnering attention for exciting and vocally thrilling performances of opera's leading heroines throughout the country. Of her recent "Fidelio" the weekly InForum noted, "Hers is a voice of great power and beauty and she essayed the difficult music with aplomb. Her first act aria was so beautifully done that it received a sustained three-minute ovation at the Friday performance." On the concert stage, Thelen Hanson performs with noted symphony orchestras across the country including acclaimed performances of Barber's "Hermit Songs," Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony," "Mass in C" and "Missa Solemnis," and Handel's "Messiah" and "Ode to Queen Anne."

Urkijo is a collaborative pianist dedicated to the fields of chamber music, art song and opera. She holds a doctorate in collaborative piano from the University of Minnesota. Urkijo has had the opportunity to study in Europe and across the U.S. with many great pianists and leaders in opera and art song, including Dalton Baldwin, Wolfram Rieger, Paul von Schilawski, Charles Spencer, Hartmut Holl, Ileana Cotrubas, Mitsuko Shirai and Noriko Kawai. She recently performed a debut at the Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and is currently a faculty member of the music department at Rochester Community and Technical College.

Longtime collaborators, Hanson and Urkijo's will soon debut their first CD titled "Chanson d'amour." The recording will be available to the public on Spotify, Google Play and Amazon.

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.

Carla Thelen Hanson
Ainhoa Urkijo