Lynne Postudensek Hart, Luther College adjunct faculty in music, in collaboration with Jessica Louise Paul, piano, Patrick Smith, guitar, and Richard Wagor, bass, offers an evening of Eastern European music at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, in Jenson-Noble Hall of Music's Noble Recital Hall on the Luther campus. Paul, emerita of Luther, accompanies Hart on classical pieces while Smith, Wagor and Hart comprise the Roots of Rhythm Trio.
The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission.
The recital features a piece by Vladimir Dyck, petitioning the muse of music, and works by Béla Kovács and Emil Cossetto. The trio will perform Hart's original "Jazz Imaginings on Balkan Folk Songs," inspired by her love of Slovenian folk melodies and jazz improvisation. Intertwining the dance motifs and exotic scales of Bosnia, Croatia, Hungary, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia and Ukraine, Hart blends in the unique rhythms and chord progressions of jazz.
Hart graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth with a bachelor's degree in theory and composition and holds a Master of Fine Arts in woodwind performance from the University of Iowa. She studied clarinet with Thomas Ayres and Robert Williams, as well as saxophone with Richard Czernewski and Dan Yoder. Hart's performances in the classical and jazz realms include numerous Broadway touring shows, various ensembles in Iowa, collaborations with jazz legends such as Ray Charles and classical recitals.
At Luther, Hart serves as professor of saxophone, where she seeks to instill her students with the fundamentals of musicianship to help them succeed in their own aspirations and in the performance world.
Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation, with six 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.