Mankato Area Man Featured in Student Recitals at Gustavus This Sunday

Posted on November 6th, 2006 by

Two student recitals are scheduled for Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall on the Gustavus Adolphus College campus Sunday, November 12. North Mankato’s Luke Royer, a 2003 Mankato West graduate, will present his senior voice recital at 1:30 p.m. Later, at 7:30 p.m., Joel Beachey and Mark LaVoie join efforts in a junior piano recital. Both recitals are free and open to the public with receptions following the performances.

Luke Royer, a 2003 Mankato West graduate, opens the afternoon with his senior voice recital at 1:30 p.m. A religion major and music minor, Royer is the son of Bruce and Mary Beth Royer of North Mankato. He will be accompanied by Christine Schulz and assisted by a number of fellow Gustavus students in the recital. His program opens works by John Rutter, Antonio Caldara, Alessandro Scarlatti, Gian-Carlo Menotti and Felix Mendelssohn. For the final set in the program, Mr. Royer will perform contemporary works, with various instrumentation, by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon and Bob Dylan. Royer is a student of voice professor Nicholas Wayne.

Joel Beachey, a Bismarck, North Dakota native and Mark LaVoie, Clarissa, Minnesota, present their joint junior piano recital in Bjorling Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. The recital’s first set includes two works by Beethoven. LaVoie opens the program with the Sonata in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3 followed by Beachey and the Pathetique Sonata Op. 13. Following intermission, the two return for performances of Chopin’s Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 17, Brahms’ Rhapsody No. 1 in B minor, Op. 17 and Norman Dello Joio’s Piano Sonata No. 3. Both Beachey and LaVoie currently study privately with associate professor of music Yumiko Oshima-Ryan.

Both performances are free and open to the public.


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