The melodic sounds of flutes and pianos filled the room as students and faculty filed into Mayo Concert Hall on March 12 at 12:30 p.m. for the Tuesday Afternoon Recital. The first performer was Gina Luizzi, a freshman music education major.
The orchestra started the concert with “Pelléas et Mélisande, Suite for Orchestra op.80” by Gabriel Faure, a successor of Beethoven. The piece began lively and almost spring-like, a welcome diversion from the bitter cold weather of these last few weeks. Its rhythm and tone was quite similar to Antonio Vivaldi’s “La Stravaganza” or Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee.” The tone shifted by the end of the piece, though, and the mood became quite melancholic and somber.