Faculty Artist Series: Luther College Music Faculty Showcase Sept. 2

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Music spanning 300 years will be presented at the Music Faculty Showcase recital 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, in the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther College campus.

The performance, the kickoff to the 2018-19 faculty artist series, is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Featuring faculty from all performance areas, the performance includes baritone Andrew Whitfield performing excerpts from the song cycle "Die schöne Müllerin" by Schubert, with accompaniment by Nicholas Shaneyfelt, Luther assistant professor of music.

Guitarist Peter Lingen will present "Valseanna" by Sergio Assad; saxophonists Lynne Hart and Peter Hart will perform Ignacio Cervantes' Two Cuban dances for saxophone duet; and Violinist Igor Kalnin and pianist Miko Kominami will combine for "Tzigane," Rhapsodie de Concert for violin and piano by Maurice Ravel.

Faculty will combine for two ensemble performances. Heather Armstrong, oboe; Philip Borter, baroque cello; Carol Hester, flute; and Kathryn Reed, harpsichord; will perform The Concert Royale No. 1 in G by François Couperin. Armstrong, oboe; Rebecca Boehm Shaffer, horn; Borter, cello; Michael Chesher, clarinet; Thea Groth, bassoon; Hester, flute; Igor Kalnin, violin; Spencer Martin, viola; and Virginia Strauss, violin; will perform Music for 4+5: A Memory Trace, composed by Luther alumnus Christen Stoddard, class of 1979.

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.