The Gustavus Adolphus College Department of Music will present three vocal recitals on Saturday, April 28, in the college’s Jussi Björling Recital Hall. The three recitals at 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. are free and open to the public.
The day opens at 1:30 p.m. with a recital by senior vocalist Jessica Halverson. Ms. Halverson, a soprano from Brooklyn Park, will be accompanied by pianist Alex Zupan in a performance which includes fellow students Travis Michelson, Alison Fast and Brian Evans. The recital opens with a set of three songs in Italian writtten by Chris Eaton, David Mullen, Mathes and Lewis, followed by two works by French composer Gabriel Faure, a work from Mozart’s Magic Flute and Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus. The program is completed with works from a number of musical theatre productions including The Music Man, Pirates of Penzance and Rent.
At 3:30, sopranos Malika Heiller and Brittany Libbey will present their senior voice recital. Heiller, accompanied by pianist Jessica Gehrke, opens the recital with G. F. Handel’s Rejoice Greatly. Her program includes additional works by Johann Strauss, Rupert Holme and Stephen Sondheim. Libbey, with accompanist Kate Walker, will perform Handel’s Care Selve and Puccini’s O Mio Babbino, followed by two works by Stephen Sondheim, and a selection from Simon and Norman’s Secret Garden. The recital concludes with The Flower Duet from Leo Delibes’ Lakme.
Saturday’s final performance begins at 7:30 p.m. as Bemidji native Evan Morud, tenor, presents his junior voice recital. Morud opens the recital with pianist Mark LaVoie presenting works by Verdi and Weill, along with three works from Robert Schumann’s Dichterliebe. He continues with Songs of Travel by Ralph Vaughan Williams and completes the recital with selections from musicals written by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Saturday’s recitals will be followed by a reception in the recital hall lobby. These events are free and open to the public.