Senior Recitals Include Flute, Saxophone, Voice & Piano

Posted on May 11th, 2011 by

The Department of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College will complete its recital season with four senior recitals May 13-15. All four performances will be presented in Jussi Björling Recital Hall and will be free and open to the public. The recitals will feature Jonathan Monk, saxophone, Benjamin Mordecai, piano, Monica Klutzke, flute and Christopher Hall, baritone.

The weekend of recitals will open on Friday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. with a performance by saxophonist Jonathan Monk, a senior geology major from Kissimmee, Florida. Assisted by a number of student musicians from the Department, Monk will present a variety of solo works for alto saxophone which reach across the musical spectrum and include some of his own compositions and arrangements.

Benjamin Mordecai, a piano performance and vocal music education major, will present his senior piano recital on Saturday, May 14 at 1:30 p.m. in Björling Recital Hall. Mordecai is a 2006 graduate of Smoky Valley High School in Lindsborg, Kansas, who currently calls St. Paul home.

At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, flutist Monica Klutzke will present her senior recital on the Björling Recital Hall stage. Monica will be accompanied on piano and harpsichord by Beth Winterfeldt and assisted by Rachel Guptil, flute, Brenda Klutzke, clarinet and Colin Degnan, marimba and bodhrán.

The final senior recital of the busy spring season will be presented by Christopher Hall, baritone, accompanied by fellow senior Samuel Grace, piano, at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 15. Hall, a native of Kenai, Alaska, will be joined by the members of the a capella ensemble G-Sharp and a small jazz combo for this recital.

The four senior recitals to be presented this weekend are open to the public at no charge. A reception for the musicians will follow the performances in the recital hall lobby.


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