Student Recitals Set for Sunday at Gustavus

Posted on March 13th, 2006 by

The Department of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College has two student recitals set for Sunday, March 19, at Bjorling Recital Hall. Junior vocalists Jessica Halvorson and Alison Fast present their joint recital at 1:30 p.m. followed by senior pianist Dawn Gehlhar at 3:30 p.m. Both recitals are free and open to the public. A third performance scheduled for the evening, the orchestra’s performance of the Seven Last Words of Christ in Christ Chapel, has been cancelled.

At 1:30 p.m., Jessica Halvorson, a junior music and communications studies major from Brooklyn Park, and Alison Fast, a junior music education major from Mountain Lake, join forces with pianists Eric Wilberg and Ben Marti in presenting a series of sets of music for soprano and mezzo soprano. Fast, a mezzo soprano, opens with works by Legrenzi, Mozart, followed by a set including a single composition by Georges Bizet. Halvorson, soprano, will presents sets including works by Caldara, Carissimi, Sager and Foster. To complete the recital, Halvorson will perform works for musical theatre which include Wishing, Think of Me and All I Ask of You, from Andew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera.

At 3:30 p.m., Dawn Gehlhar, a music and communications major from West St. Paul, will present her senior piano recital. Working with Yumiko Oshima-Ryan, association professor of music at Gustavus, Ms. Gehlhar will present works for piano which range from the Sonata in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven to the Suite for Piano (Star-Crossed), Op. 8 composed by Billy Joel in 2001. During the recital she will also perform works by Mendelssohn, Lecuona, two works for two pianos with Philip Williams by Compton and Dvorak, and she will premiere two of her own compositions, Cypress Moon and Off Kilter.

Receptions for the musicians will follow these performances in the recital hall lobby. The public is cordially invited to atttend.


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