Faculty Artist Series: Luther College Piano Quartet

Luther College Piano Quartet presents a program of chamber music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in Luther's Noble Recital Hall in the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.

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

Luther College Piano Quartet, now in its 11th year, is comprised of four Luther music faculty; Miko Kominami, piano; Igor Kalnin, violin; Spencer Martin, viola; and Philip Borter, cello.

The repertoire for this program features two multi-movement chamber pieces: Dvorak's Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 87 and Schubert's Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667 "Trout" with Luther faculty bassist Andrea Beckendorf. Luther faculty member, Andrew Whitfield, baritone, will also perform the vocal setting of the Schubert song upon which the fourth movement of the piano quintet is based.

The concert is part of the second annual Dorian Chamber Music Invitational, an intensive two-day chamber music festival for high school string players who are selected by competitive audition to be coached by Luther College string faculty in chamber music ensembles.

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 nearly 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. More than 275 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.

Luther College Piano Quartet
Andrew Whitfield and Andrea Beckendorf