By Nina Brossa
A senior recital is an important step in the journey to earning one’s bachelor’s in music at the College. It takes both nerve to perform in front of others and dedication to play music to the best of one’s ability. The performers at the senior recital, which featured senior music major Jonathan Anderson, had plenty of both.
The recital was held on March 10 at 8 p.m at Mayo Concert Hall. The original event date was rescheduled due to inclement weather.
Anderson, on the euphonium, opened the recital with “Concerto en Fa Mineur”, written by renowned composer George Handel, which was followed by “Euphonium Concerto” and “Concerto for Euphonium” before intermission. In the Handel piece, his euphonium sounded off proudly with a loud and brash tune. In the other concertos, the euphonium retained its volume, but had a smoother and more melodic sound.
After intermission, Anderson played two more pieces, “Fnugg” and “The Debutante.” While the latter piece closed the recital fittingly, it was the former piece that surprised and delighted the audience—Anderson beatboxed into his euphonium.
Anderson employed a technique called “multiphonics,” which involves singing into one’s instrument. The particular multiphonic he used is called “lip beat,” he says, which is no easy technique.
“It involves double tonguing,” he said. “For each tongue, or ‘k’-sound, (the music) says to only let your lips smack once. If you let it go more than once, then the pitch comes out.”
Anderson was not the only one to perform that night. Before he closed the first act, a double-bass player named Shrish Jawadiwar, a junior music major, performed a piece that he wrote himself, and before the final song, junior music major Maxwell Mellies performed a concertino on his alto saxophone.
Most of the pieces were accompanied by collaborative pianist Kathy Shanklin. All performances were well-received by the audience and showcased talent and passion.
After the show, Anderson explained his preparation process. Two pieces were chosen by the department instructor, while he chose the others himself. He had been working on four of the pieces since the previous semester.
Anderson had stumbled across “Fnugg” on YouTube and said it was his most challenging project.
“It took about two weeks to actually start with multiphonics and another two or three weeks to get good at it,” he said. “And then a week after that, I finally got it to blend.”
Anderson’s hard work paid off—he received nothing but praise from the audience, which included his father and peers.
“John was incredible,” said Wesley Pena, a sophomore music major. “He employed a lot of nice, neat techniques.”
Gabrielle Curcio, a sophomore computer science major was also impressed.
“(John) and all the guest players on stage … they all played their hearts out,” Curcio said.