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Knutson Master Series Lecture: John Luther Adams

Thursday, October 6, 2016 – 3:00 PM

Kresge Auditorium, Humanities Center, Augustana University


The Augustana University Music Department invites Mr. Adams for a discussion or presentation as part of the Knutson Master Series, which presents Music and the Arts through the 21st Century prism of possibility and opportunity. Augustana has invited composers, artists, administrators, entrepreneurs, and innovators to this series.


About the Knutson Master Series:

Named in honor of Dr. Dennis Knutson, principal flutist and longtime member of the Augustana College/Community Band, these 50-minute presentations feature special topics and or master class presentations for those interested in the music industry and/or performance.

“By definition, a master class is a class given by an expert, especially a musician, for exceptional students, usually presented in public. For us, every master class will be a unique event. The overall tone and content of a master class is shaped by the personality of the expert giving it, and people who achieve expertise in music tend to have very colorful, strong personalities,” said Brad Heegel, administrative director of the performing and visual arts at Augustana. “One of the things people will most enjoy about each class is the opportunity to spend time with these masters and observe how they immerse themselves in the details of music or their work within the field, engage with their students, and create an experience that the audience could share in as well. In some master classes, Augie students will be selected to perform and the ‘master’ will work with them in front of the audience. Both student and audience gain from this exercise — the student from picking up valuable tips; the audience by seeing how this process works.”