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Guest Recital: Liz Pearse, Soprano/Karl Larson, Piano

  • Date: Thursday, February 12, 2015
  • Time: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Location: Jenson-Noble Hall of Music, Noble Recital Hall

Guest recitalists Liz Pearse and Karl Larson will present a voice and piano concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus.

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

Pearse and Larson will perform Olivier Messiaen's "Harawi," a 12-song cycle based around themes of love and death. The lush, vibrant musical language of "Harawi" is reminiscent of Debussy, Stravinsky and Wagner, all the while remaining unique and unmistakably Messiaen.

"Harawi" was a composition of personal significance to Messiaen. He composed "Harawi" as the mental health of his wife declined, leading to her eventual death in a sanitarium. Scholars have often speculated that Messiaen's decision to write a song cycle based around the concepts of love and death were representative of his grief over the loss of his wife

Brooklyn based pianist Karl Larson is a specialist in the music of our time, consistently presenting adventurous programs. Karl has premiered many solo piano and chamber pieces, including substantial works by David Rakowski, Ken Thomson, Robert Honstein, Chris Cerrone, and Ravi Kittappa. He is also well versed in the modern canon, having presented concerts featuring the music of Olivier Messiaen, Morton Feldman, Pierre Boulez, and György Ligeti. Recent performances of note include Morton Feldman’s Triadic Memories, John Cage’s HPSCHD, and Tristan Perich’s Dual Synthesis for harpsichord and one-bit electronics.

Karl received a DMA in Contemporary Music and an MM in Piano Performance at Bowling Green State University, where he studied with Dr. Laura Melton. Larson completed his undergraduate degree at Luther College as a pupil of Dr. John Strauss. He is on faculty at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. Recordings and further information can be found at

Finding joy in variety, Liz Pearse is a musician of many pursuits. After a childhood spent playing any instrument she could lay hands upon, Liz began exploring the endless possibilities of the voice. Hers is an instrument possessing an unusual range, color, and versatility, which has led to performances of music - medieval to modern - on opera, orchestra, chamber, and recital stages around the world.

As a doctoral student of Contemporary Music at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, Liz researches the prevalence and incorporation of contemporary repertoire in the collegiate voice studio. Doctoral recitals included Messiaen's Harawi and an electroacoustic program, among a diverse range of art song and chamber programs. She also won both the Dr. Marjorie Conrad Art Song Competition and the BGSU Competitions in Music concerto competition while at BG, and her mentor at BGSU is Dr. Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers. Prior to her doctoral work, Liz studied with Patricia Stiles at Indiana University. Recordings and more information about Liz can be found at


Liz Pearse     Karl Larson



Questions? Contact John Strauss, 563-387-1210