Luther College to host violist Sheila Browne

Performing music from the romantic to modern eras, violist Sheila Browne will be accompanied by guest pianist Julie Nishimura at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther College campus.

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

On the program are well-known sonatas for viola and piano by Johannes Brahms, Rebecca Clarke and George Rochberg. Browne will also perform a new work, "Convergences" for viola and piano by contemporary American composer Andrea Clearfield, which was commissioned by German violist Barbara Westphal.

With a career that includes solo, chamber collaborations and orchestral appearances, Browne was named the William Primrose Memorial Recitalist of 2016. She has performed in major venues on six continents, including appearances at Berlin's Schauspielhaus, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, London's Royal Festival Hall and Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. Browne has been a member of the Arianna String Quartet and was featured in a Chamber Music magazine cover story as a member of the Gotham String Quartet. As principal violist of the New World Symphony, she was selected by Artistic Director Michael Tilson-Thomas to be featured in the PBS documentary "Beethoven Alive!"

She served as a teaching assistant as an undergraduate of pedagogue Karen Tuttle at The Juilliard School, and studied with soloist Kim Kashkashian in Germany. She serves as assistant professor of viola at University of Delaware, and taught at University of North Carolina School of the Arts for 10 years.

Nishimura has been a faculty accompanist for the Department of Music at the University of Delaware for 29 years. In addition to having performed in more than collaborative recitals, including multimedia and mixed chamber ensembles, she was a recipient of a Delaware State Arts Council Fellowship Grant as a solo artist. At Delaware, she also serves as secondary faculty, teaching accompanying, chamber music and sight-reading courses. Nishimura earned her Bachelor of Music from the New England Conservatory.

Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation, with five 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.