By Len La Rocca
In an afternoon of melodic riffs, sonatas and percussion, students performing in the Tuesday Afternoon Recital Series were at it again on March 5 at 12:30 p.m. in Mayo Concert Hall.
The music department allowed the instruments to speak for the show — the majority of the seven-act show was comprised of instrumental performances and two vocal performers.
Kicking off the program was freshman music education major Jacob Ford on the vibraphone performing “Rain Dance” by Alice Gomez. His percussion instrument reverberated tropical, ambient and cinematic sounds across the stage.
The first of the two singers, Joseph Ribbert, a sophomore music education major, performed the French song, “Si mes vers avaient des ailes” (“If my verses had wings”) by Reynaldo Hahn. He was accompanied by music department faculty member Nicholas Gatto on piano and together they performed a beautiful rendition of the French song filled with gentle rifts and vocals.
Next came Ryan Barry, a sophomore music education major, performing a sonata on the trumpet (by Kent Kennan.) His trumpet rang off strong with the vigor of a fresh triumph complimented by Kathy Shanklin, who is a collaborative pianist at the College.
Keith So, a freshman music education major, followed with a sonata by Paul Creston on his alto saxophone. He performed a series of swirling excellence, which left the crowd in awe.
Following that performance was Shrish A. Jawadiwar, a sophomore political science and music double major, performing his original song, “Songs Without Words No.1 in G Major” on his double bass. The large instrument contributed a deeper tone to the mostly high-pitched affair and leveled out the show nicely.
Mackenzie Miller, a freshman music major, took the stage with her oboe and performed a sonata by Camille Saint-Saens. Her mesmerizing sound had the crowd in a trance.
“It was exhilarating,” Miller said. “I loved it.”
Last up was soprano Artemis Fraine, a sophomore music major, who captured the crowd’s attention with the German song, “Verdi prati, selve omene” by the George Frideric Handel. Fraine’s powerful yet graceful vocals concluded an excellent afternoon in the Tuesday Afternoon Recital Series.
After the show, the audience gathered outside in the lobby of the Music Building to applaud the performers. So received an uproar of applause and was hoisted into the air by a pair of fellow musicians.
Students left Mayo Concert Hall satisfied with the show.
“I thought it was really, really great.” said Gina Luizzi, a junior music education major. “Mackenzie was really great and everyone did a great job.”
Other audience members were also impressed with the soloist’s performances.
“The comfort the performers had with their respective instruments was apparent and made for an entertaining show,” said sophomore history major Jack Bednar, “I loved the trumpet sonata especially as a trumpet player myself.”