By Brian Peng
Music slipped through the air on a windy afternoon through the incredible works of two students at their senior recital in Mayo Concert Hall on March 31 at 4 p.m.
For two hours, Erica Daugherty — a senior music education major — and Caroline Hoynowski — a senior music major — took turns serenading the audience with trumpet and flute, respectively.
The performers selected compositions ranging from the 17th century to the late 20th century. Daugherty performed J.S. Bach’s “Concerto in D. Major, after Vivaldi, BWV 972,” Johann Baptiste Georg Neruda’s “Concerto in E-flat Major,” Aaron Copland’s “Quiet City,” Herbert L. Clarke’s “Maid of the Mist” and Scott Joplin’s “The Easy Winners.”
Each of the pieces captured the essence of the time period they came from, transporting the audience across history and time with each note.
Hoynowski performed C.P.E. Bach’s “Sonata in G Minor,” Henri Dutilleux’s “Sonatine,” Claude Bolling’s “Suite for Flute and Piano” and Gary Schoker’s “Airborne.”
Her flute flowed allowed each piece to flow easily through the hall, delighting audiences with multiple light tunes that left them speechless.
Accompanying musicians included collaborative pianist Kathy Shanklin on piano, collaborative organist Nicholas Gatto on the English horn, senior music education major Benjamin Reim on drums, senior music education major Madeline Kaba on trumpet, freshman music major Gaia Hutcheson on horn, junior computer engineering major Paul Brodhead on trombone and freshman music major Corwin Sheffield on tuba. Their playing helped intensify each piece, filling the hall with emphatic sound and powerful showmanship.
Hoynowski and Daughtery’s performances encapsulated all the hard work they have done over the course of their time at the College, and their dedication to excellence they had strived toward over the last four years.
“The performances were wonderful, and the range of music selected was wonderful, too,” said Diane Gruenberg, Daugherty’s supervisor at her job at the Tutoring Center.
After the recital, both performers were surrounded by family and friends, who congratulated them on their music.
“I think the peak nervousness happened about two weeks prior,” Daugherty said. “Afterwards, I was just excited to play. I’m pretty happy with how I did.”