Norell Piano Duo to perform recital March 10

Visiting Artist Recital: Norell Piano Duo of Mary Rose (Jordan) Norell & Luke Norell
Date and time: Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 4 p.m.
Location: Rieth Recital Hall, Goshen College Music Center
Cost: Tickets: $7 adults, $5 seniors/students. GC faculty/staff/students free with ID. Tickets available at the door one hour before the concert.

Pianist and Goshen native Mary Rose (Jordan) Norell will present a piano recital with husband and pianist Luke as part of the Norell Piano Duo on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 4 p.m. in the Goshen College Music Center’s Rieth Recital Hall.

The Norell Piano Duo will present a program of works for solo piano and piano four hands by Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Dvorak and Schubert. Mary Rose is a native of Goshen, beginning her piano studies in the Goshen College Piano Preparatory Program under retired professor of piano Marvin Blickenstaff.

Tickets cost $7 adults, $5 seniors/students, and are available at the door one hour before the concert. Goshen College faculty/staff/students are free with valid ID.

Mary Rose has developed a vibrant performance career at home and abroad, concertizing in Ravinia’s Bennett Gordon Hall and Chicago’s Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, as well as in England, Austria, Italy and Lithuania. Active as a concerto soloist, Dr. Norell has played with numerous orchestras, including the Northwestern Summer Orchestra, the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic, and the Elkhart County Symphony. As a collaborative artist, she performs regularly with her husband as the Norell Piano Duo and performs often with vocalists and other instrumentalists.

Mary Rose studied for 11 years with Marvin Blickenstaff, and worked with David Gross, Kathryn Sherer and Christine Thorgersen during Blickenstaff’s sabbaticals. While studying with Emile Naoumoff at Indiana University, she received her B.M. in Piano Performance “With Distinction” with a French minor, and her M.M. with an emphasis in German. She recently completed her doctorate in piano performance with James Giles at Northwestern University, graduating as a member of Pi Kappa Lambda. Besides performing, Mary Rose teaches piano, theory and pedagogy, having taught for the Indiana University Young Pianists Program and the IU Pedagogy department, as well as for the Northwestern College Piano Institute in Minnesota.

A native of rural Minnesota, Luke has concertized internationally as soloist and chamber musician. He recently performed as a semi-finalist at the 2012 Panama International Piano Competition, and presented a lecture recital on Bach’s French Overture at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Luke has appeared in collaboration with the Artaria String Quartet, and has performed at the Universität für Musik in Vienna as part of the Webster University Chamber Music Vienna festival. His prizes include first place awards in the Schubert Club Competition, the Northwestern College Concerto Competition and the Third Biennial Lee Piano Competition.

An active teacher, Luke maintains a successful private studio and serves on the faculty of the Young Artist World Piano Festival and the Northwestern College Piano Institute. He held an associate instructor position at Indiana University-Bloomington for five years, teaching both private lessons and group piano classes.

Norell is completing his doctorate with André Watts at Indiana University, after previously obtaining his M.M. degree from Indiana University-Bloomington, and his B.M. degree from Northwestern College (St. Paul). His principal teachers include André De Groote, Paul Wirth, Richard Lange, Daniel Rieppel and Myrna Eppeland. Luke has also studied early keyboard instruments with Elisabeth Wright and Julieta Alvarado.