Luther College will host its annual Benefactor's Organ Recital, featuring Kimberly Marshall, professor of organ at Arizona State University. The recital will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 10, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus.
The program, titled "Serving God and Humanity: The Organ in Liturgical and Ceremonial Context" will include music by Bach, Brahms, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Felix Mendelssohn, Ethel Smyth and Margaret Vardell Sandresky.
In addition to her current role at Arizona State, Marshall has taught at both Stanford University and the Royal Academy of Music in London. She has been a recitalist, workshop leader and adjudicator at nine national conventions of The American Guild of Organists. Marshall won the St. Albans International Organ Playing Competition in 1985 and currently holds the Patricia and Leonard Goldman Endowed professorship in organ at Arizona State University.
Marshall is known across the world for her presentation of organ music and has performed throughout Europe including concerts in London's Royal Festival Hall, St. Paul's Cathedral, King's College, Cambridge, Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris and Chartres Cathedral. She has released recordings that feature music of the Italian and Spanish Renaissance, French Classical and Romantic periods and more. She has also published anthologies of late-medieval and Renaissance organ music in order to increase awareness of earlier repertoire.
The annual Benefactor's Organ Recital features outstanding artists of international caliber on the Robert Sipe Organ in the Center for Faith and Life. The intent of the concert is to provide and inspirational role model for current and prospective students who wish to pursue study of the organ at Luther. It is sponsored through the Kathryn Ulvilden Moen '41 Organ Fund and the William B. Kuhlman Endowment.
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.