Norell to present solo piano recital on Sept. 28

Luke Norell

Concert: Community School of the Arts Recital: Luke Norell, solo piano
Date and time: Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, 4 p.m.
Location: Goshen College Music Center’s Rieth Recital Hall
Cost: $7 adults, $5 seniors/students, available at the door one hour before the concert. GC faculty/staff/students free with valid ID.

Community School of the Arts Piano Program Director Dr. Luke Norell will present a solo piano recital in the Goshen College Music Center’s Rieth Recital Hall on Sunday, Sept. 28. The recital will begin at 4 p.m.

The program will include Debussy’s evocative suite Estampes (“Prints” or “Engravings”), including Pagodas, Evening in Granada and Gardens in the Rain. Bartók’s Piano Sonata, from 1926, shows the influence of the Hungarian composer’s immersion in the folk music of his region and beyond. The work’s driving excitement and highly original harmonies form a concentrated and compact masterpiece. Dr. Norell will conclude the program with performances of Franz Liszt’s virtuosic Paganini and Transcendental etudes.

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

A native of rural Minnesota, Dr. Luke Norell has performed internationally as soloist and chamber musician. He recently performed Mozart’s Concerto in C Major, K. 467 with the Maple City Chamber Orchestra, and presented recitals at Saint Paul College and Southwest Minnesota State University. He studied with André Watts at Indiana University, completing his master’s and doctoral degrees in piano performance, and received his bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Northwestern (St. Paul). Dr. Norell serves as the piano program director for the Goshen College Community School of the Arts, teaching along with his wife, Mary Rose.