Harpsichordist Kathryn Reed, Luther College instructor of music, with the collaboration of fellow Luther College colleagues Heather Armstrong, oboe; Carol Hester, flute; and Philip Borter, Baroque cello, will present a recital featuring Baroque music in the French style. The recital is open to the public with no charge for admission and will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, in the Noble Recital Hall in the Jensen-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus.
The program includes a solo keyboard suite by the 17th-century French composer Louis Couperin, and a piece of chamber music by his more famous nephew, François Couperin. F. Couperin's "Concerts Royaux" were composed between 1714-15 for Sunday concerts at the court of Louis XIV. As befits its purpose, the music has been described as elegant, refined and highly ornamented, and as is the case with most French Baroque music, it is inspired by the rhythms of dance. The most well-known German composer of the Baroque era, J.S. Bach, invoked these elements of the French style in many of his works, including the "French Suites," one of which will be performed in this program.
Reed has been a part of the Decorah community since she arrived in 1995. She currently teaches harpsichord, music theory, ear training and Paideia, and directs the college's early music ensemble, Collegium Musicum. She studied musicology and early keyboard studies at the University of Michigan and flute performance at Lawrence University.
Reed's colleague Heather Armstrong is associate professor of oboe and theory at Luther. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees at the Eastman School of Music, her Bachelor of Music degree from Houghton College and has also studied at the Banff center and Chautauqua Institution. Carol Hester is professor of flute at Luther. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Music in flute and piano performance from Samford University. She received her Doctor of Music in flute performance from Florida State University. Philip Borter is assistant professor of music in cello at Luther. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a Master of Music and Doctoral of Musical Arts from Eastman School of Music.
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.