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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

January 22, 2019

College of the Ozarks to host contemporary music duo, Aether Eos

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — On Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, guest artists, Aether Eos, will perform at College of the Ozarks at 8 p.m. in the Gittinger Recital Hall. The recital is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. 

“This particular concert will feature modern, experimental music. It is very important to hear music like this and know that it exists. It is healthy and challenging all at once,” said Dr. Luke Carlson, assistant professor of music.

Aether Eos is a contemporary music duo featuring Brooklyn-based violinist/composer Leah Asher and Montreal-based pianist/composer Christopher Goddard. The duo was created in order to explore and expand the violin/piano contemporary repertoire, including the Canadian premiere of Eric Wubbels' monumental 2012 work, The Children of Fire Come Looking for Fire.

In addition to four other pieces, Aether Eos will also feature an original composition by Carlson entitled, Last Light. The piece includes a lullaby written for his twins which now honors the memory of his daughter, Eleanor Rose, after her passing shortly after birth. 

“For me, it’s very personal. The beginning and ending sections are exciting and energetic, but it tapers off to the twin’s lullaby in the middle of the piece, a poignant reflection and memorial for Eleanor,” Carlson said.

Carlson, assistant professor of music, teaches all the department’s music theory and composition courses, directs the College of the Orchestra, and supervises the music department workstation. His compositions have been performed across the country and described as “magical” and “otherworldly” by the Philadelphia Inquirer and “personal and strong” by the New York Times. His music has received numerous awards, including the Aspen Music Festival’s Jacob Druckman Prize, the MACRO Composers Competition, and first prize in the Symphony Number One’s Composer Competition. More information can be found at

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2019 and No. 1 Best Bang for the Buck by Washington Monthly. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center — the College’s award winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2018. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest workstation on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


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