By Roz Weis,
The upcoming Center Stage Series at Luther College promises a wealth of good music and performance to the area beginning this fall.
In a letter to series subscribers earlier this month, Kristen Underwood, Director of Campus Programming at Luther, notes the season starts with Invoke, an inventive, multi-instrumental string quartet sharing pieces from their ongoing project American Postcards.”
Homer’s “Odyssey” is presented by The Acting Company theatrical group. The play is set in a refugee camp.
Chinese ghuzeng master Wu Fei and American treasure Abigail Washburn flow between the ancient folksongs of rural China and the bluegrass traditions of Appalachia. Wu is a master of the 2,500-year-old guzheng ziether and Grammy Award-winner Washburn’s name is synonymous with the banjo.
Next, the series travels from the Harlem of Langston Hughes performing “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz” to Norway, home of the tenThing Brass Ensemble. Formed in 2007 by Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth as a collaboration between musical friends, the 10-piece all-female brass ensemble is committed to outreach and access to music through a diverse repertoire ranging from Mozart to Weill, Grieg to Bernstein and Lully to Bartok.
The series concludes in the spring of 2024 with a musical exploration of the Indian and Pacific Island nations in “Small Island Big Song.”
The series features an accompanying dinner series prior to many of the performances at Peace Dining Room on the Luther campus.
More information about subscription and ticket sales is available at tickets.luther.edu. A discount is applied to subscribers of the series. The brochure about the upcoming series will be available in the coming weeks.
(Originally published in the June 29 Public Opinion, available in print and online. Certain content is presented first to subscribers (print and digital), then released for consumption later)