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Olivet College faculty artist, flutist Tess Miller, D.M.A., and pianist Nicholas Laban, will perform a recital Sunday, Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. in the Upton Conservatory of Music Recital Hall. 

The recital is entitled: “Word Play: Music Inspired by Words, Words Inspired by Music.” Musicians and writers have been influencing each other throughout history. This recital seeks to demonstrate how words can allow music to delve deeper, but also how music can illuminate word meanings. Miller and Laban will perform works by Cynthia Folio, Sidney Lanier, Franz Schubert and Anne Boyd. A work composed by Christopher Gainey entitled “The Selfish Giant” will be performed by Miller and narrated by Dr. Scott R. Harding.

Dr. Tess Miller is a Michigan-based performer, instructor and therapeutic musician. She holds faculty positions at Alma, Albion and Olivet colleges as well as the Michigan State University Community Music School. Miller is a member of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and performs as a freelance artist throughout the state. She is also a founding member of various chamber music ensembles and released a CD entitled “Latin Dance Project” under the White Pine Record Label in 2010. Miller is a regular CD and new music reviewer for the Flutist Quarterly. Recently, she became a certified music practitioner through the Music for Healing and Transition Program™ and provides live, prescribed music at the bedside of hospital patients.

Nicholas Laban is a collaborative pianist based in Kalamazoo, and serves as the full-time staff accompanist for the Albion College. During the summer, he serves as pianist and coach for the High School Vocal Artist program at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp. Laban received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Piano Performance from Albion College and Western Michigan University, respectively.

For more information on the recital, please contact Ramona Kime, Ph.D., associate professor of music at Olivet College, at 269.749.7692.