Student Recitals Fill Weekend with Music at Gustavus Posted on April 15th, 2008 by

The Department of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College is pleased to announce the schedule of four senior recitals, April 19 and 20, on the Gustavus campus. The senior recitals on Saturday, violist Mark Wirbisky, 1:30 p.m., tenor Brian Fahey, 3:30 p.m., and Sunday at 3:30 p.m., mezzo soprano Krista Nelson and tenor Michael Rueckert at 7:30 p.m., are free and open to the public in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall.

Senior violist and violist Mark Wirbisky, a 2004 graduate of Southwest Senior High School in Minneapolis, opens the weekend Saturday, April 19 at 1:30 p.m. in Bjorling Recital Hall. His program opens with Bach’s Sonata for Solo Violin in g minor. Joined by pianist John McKay and violinist Mark Wamma, Wirbisky concludes his recital with Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra in Eb major. Mark is a music and philosophy major and studies viola with Warren Friesen and has studied with Jonathan Magness and Kenneth Freed.

Senior vocalist Brian Fahey then takes the stage at 3:30 p.m. with pianist Sam Eckberg to present his senior recital. A 2003 graduate of Omaha Central High School and a member of the Gustavus Choir, Fahey will present a number of works, including three selections from Franz Schubert’s Winterreise: Die Wetterfahne, Getrorne Tranen ad Erstarrung. Fahey is a music performance and political science major.

Sunday’s schedule opens at 3:30 p.m. with vocalist Krista Nelson’s senior recital. With pianist Bonnie Jorgensen, Nelson will perform works by Faure, Robert Schumann, and Piazzolla. In addition, she will present Death and the Maiden by Franz Schubert, I’m Not That Girl from the musical Wicked by Stephen Schwartz and Always a Bridesmaid from I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change by Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts. Nelson is a music major from Redwood Falls and a student of Christina Smith.

The 7:30 p.m. recital by tenor Michael Rueckert will include pianist Beth Winterfeldt, and fellow students David Lick, Mark Wamma and Samuel Eckberg. Rueckert opens with a set of songs by Eric Coates, Nicolo Porpora and Henry Purcell. He continues with Mein schöner Stern! by Robert Schumann and Freschi luoghi, prati aulenti by Stefano Donaudy. Rueckert continues with works by Mendelssohn and LaForge before closing with Being Alive, My Wild Irish Rose, Vive L’Amour and Sweet and Lovely.

All four senior recitals are free and open to the public.


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