Luther vocalist Brandon Whitish to give senior recital

October 12, 2017

Luther senior Brandon Whitish of Fennimore, Wisconsin, will present a vocal recital in collaboration with alumnus Mitchell Stevens at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus.

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

Whitish, son of Mark and Lisa Whitish, graduated from Fennimore High School in 2013. He plans to graduate from Luther with a music major in 2017.

Under the theme, “Songs of Nycthemeron,” Whitish will perform works by Georges Bizet, César Franck, Ruggiero Leoncavallo, Franz Schubert and Rodgers and Hammerstein. Spanning the classical, romantic and 20th century eras of music, each of the pieces relate to the nychthemeron””or the period of 24 hours which includes night and day.

As a baritone, Whitish has studied with professors Evan Mitchell, guest lecturer in music, and Nicholas Shaneyfelt, assistant professor of music. During his vocal study at Luther, Whitish has participated in three operas: Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Gondoliers” (The Duke of Plaza-Toro), Franz Lehar’s “The Merry Widow” (Baron Mirko Zeta), and Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” (Sarastro).

In the spring of 2018, Whitish will work at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida as part of the Disney College Program. After graduation, he plans to obtain his Master of Music in vocal performance and pursue a career in opera.

Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation with six choirs, three bands, three orchestras, two jazz bands and more than 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.