Faculty Artist Series: Amy Engelsdorfer presents a program of opera music Sept. 16

Amy Engelsdorfer, Luther College assistant professor of music, with collaborative pianist and fellow Luther faculty Nicholas Shaneyfelt are presenting a flute and piano recital, A Night at the Opera: Fantasies and Variations, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept.16, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus.

The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Each of the works chosen for the program are based on well-known operas. The "Introduction and Variations on a Theme from 'der Freischütz'" by Theobald Boehm is a set of variations on a melody from the finale of Carl Maria von Weber's 1821 opera. The "Rigoletto Fantasy" arranged by Giancarlo Chiaramello, features a number of arias and choruses from Giuseppe Verdi's 1851 opera, including "Caro nome" and "La donna è mobile." They will also perform François Borne's "Fantaisie Brillante on Themes from Bizet's 'Carmen'," which features variations on the "Habanera" of Act I, "Chanson Bohémienne" of Act II and references to the "Toreador Song."

Engelsdorfer has served at Luther since 2007 and teaches courses in music theory and music history. She holds a doctoral degree from Indiana University. She also earned a Master of Arts in music theory and Master of Music in flute performance, as well as a bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Kentucky.

Shaneyfelt has served at Luther since 2016, where he is a collaborative pianist and supervises student collaborative pianists. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in collaborative piano from the University of Michigan, a master's degree in solo and collaborative piano from the University of Massachusetts and bachelor's degrees in music and computer science from the University of Notre Dame.

Luther is home to one of the largest undergraduate music programs in the nation with six choirs, three bands, three orchestras, two jazz bands and nearly 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.

Nick Shaneyfelt