january, 2020

thu23jan7:30 pm9:00 pmPhilip Wharton and John Krebs concert at the Porter House7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Porter House MuseumCost:Cost/Fee,Fundraiser

Event Details

The Porter House Museum will be hosting a concert on Thursday, January 23rd at 7:30 featuring violinist/composer and Decorah native Philip Wharton and pianist and former Luther faculty member John Krebs.

The performance, held in the museum’s recently-revitalized historic music parlor, will include Grieg’s Sonata in G Major, Beethoven’s Sonata in G Major, and Games, an original piece composed by Wharton.

Tickets for the performance will be available at $14 on a first-come, first-served basis at the Porter House at 401 W Broadway St. Members of the Porter House Museum may reserve tickets in advance as a benefit of museum membership. Email the Porter House at porterhousemuseum@gmail.com for more information.

A native of Iowa, John Krebs holds degrees in piano performance from Northwestern University, the University of Illinois, and the University of Maryland. After teaching at Central Missouri State University, Prince George’s Community College, and Luther College, he has been at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas since 1992. At Hendrix, his teaching duties have included music theory, music history and literature, an opera survey course, jazz history, world music, and studio piano. An avid collaborative pianist, Krebs has performed in Canada, Croatia, Iceland, Germany, Slovenia, Scotland, and Thailand. He has been an active member of Music Teachers National Association at the local, state, and national levels, and in 2011 he was named an MTNA Foundation Fellow. In 2019 became the Willis H. Holmes Distinguished Professor of Music at Hendrix.

Of Philip Wharton’s performing, The New York Times proclaimed, “a rousing performance!” and The Waterloo Courier wrote, “a golden tone with breathtaking execution.” His compositions, heralded from coast to coast, are described by the New York Concert Review as, “…decidedly contemporary…both engaging and accessible.” In past seasons, the Santa Fe Opera remounted Wharton’s Two Saintes Caught in the Same Act, and the Grammy-nominated Borealis Wind Quintet performed his Quintet on their concert tours. Past seasons also saw his chamber symphony Passing Season performed by regional orchestras, the premiere of his Symphony, his tribute to Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, a song cycle entitled Fools, and concerts with Grammy-nominated soprano, Caroline Worra.

This performance continues a tradition of the Porter House Museum hosting live musical performers in its historic music parlor. This celebration of music stretches back to Adelbert and Grace Porter (an accomplished pianist in her own right) entertaining recitals at their home.


(Thursday) 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Porter House Museum

401 West Broadway Street, Decorah, IA 52101