October 19, 2020

Recital series features multilingual music

By Corinne Castaldo
Staff Writer

Entrancing music poured from Mayo Concert Hall as eight students in the department of music showcased their talents as part of their Afternoon Recital Series on Nov. 14.

The first performance of the afternoon was an astounding clarinet quartet.

Sophomore music education major Alexis Silverman, sophomore iSTEM and elementary education double major Kimberly Cook, freshman music education major Miranda Inglese and sophomore biology major Richard Condon dazzled the audience with two pieces: Johann Sebastian Bach’s “French Suite No. 1” and Arne Running’s “Grotesque March.”

The two pieces flowed with one another, with the first piece offering light, trilly notes. Similarly, the bouncy rhythm of the second piece had audience members bobbing their heads with the beat.

Silverman was anxious to kick off the performance.

“It’s always a little nerve-wracking, but after a while you get used to it,” Silverman said. “It’s better to perform in a group so you don’t feel like you’re going up there alone.”

Silverman was also delighted to hear the performances of her peers, after seeing them rehearse diligently in order to ensure the concert’s success.

“It’s so exciting to watch,” Silverman said. “It’s fun to hang out and practice with them, and it’s rewarding to see them doing what they love.”

Joseph Ahn, a junior music education major, performed second. The audience marveled at his tenor performance of Gustav Mahler’s “Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht?” (Who thought up this little song?) and Johannes Brahms’ “Sonntag” (Sunday). Though both pieces were in German, Ahn sang every word with precision.

“(Singing in a different language is) a very interesting thing to do,” Ahn said. “Although you know the translations, you are relying on a language that is still foreign to you.”

Ahn’s voice rings deep during his solo. (Kim Iannarone / Photo Editor)

The next performance was a smooth classical guitar solo played by Mark Juliano, a junior music education major. Juliano delivered a perfect performance of José Luis Merlin’s “Suite del Recuerdo.” This piece, played without piano accompaniment, effortlessly switched between slow, smooth rhythms and deep, intense staccato rhythms.

Maura McFadden, a sophomore music education major, sang a mezzo-soprano rendition of Gabriel Fauré’s “Au bord de l’eau” (At the Water’s Edge) and Stefano Donaudy’s “Sento nel core” (I Feel in my Heart).

McFadden’s honey-smooth voice flowed beautifully throughout the hall. The first song’s notes starting out soft and sweet, until they turned haunting and solemn. The long notes coupled with a perfect French accent made for an entrancing performance.

The final performer of the afternoon was senior music major Edward Wang, who sang Frederick Keel’s “Trade Winds” in baritone. Wang’s deep voice captivated the audience with this slow, harmonious tune.

Dominique Pisani, a sophomore psychology major, beamed with pride on her way into the hall.

“My friend is in the clarinet quartet,” Pisani said. “I made time out of my day so that I could come see her perform.”

The event had a great turnout, with students and faculty alike coming out to enjoy the talent of the College’s music students. As the concert came to a close, performers were greeted by family and friends to celebrate their outstanding performances.

“There is a sense of pride that comes with seeing your peers perform,” Ahn said. “It’s one thing knowing them from classes, but seeing their performances is another experience entirely.”

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