Senior Recitals Highlight Music at Gustavus

Posted on April 25th, 2012 by

Five senior recitals, ranging from piano to voice to double bass highlight a busy music weekend in the Department of Music at Gustavus, April 27 – 29. The weekend recital list includes Yanna Georgas, piano;  Brit Barkholtz, piano and flute; Nicole Wamma, piano and double bass; Devon Marschall, voice and piano; and Christopher Gough, voice and trombone. All five recitals will be presented in Björling Recital Hall and are free and open to the public.

Pianist Yanna Georgas, a senior music major from Inver Grove Heights, will open the weekend on Friday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. Her program includes Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in G Major, Op. 14, No. 2, the Fantasien and Wie Melodien zieht es mir by Johannes Brahms, Nocturne by Gustavus senior composer Brit Barkholtz and Nocturne No. 1 by Lowell Liebermann. She will be assisted by soprano Devon Marschall.

Music Honors in Composition major Brit Barkholtz will present her senior piano, flute and composition recital at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 28. Barkholtz, a native of Amery, Wisc., will open her program with Handel’s Sonata III for solo flute and Beethoven’s Sonata No. 14 in C# minor, Op. 27, No. 2. With pianist Beth Winterfeldt, Brit will return to the flute to perform Barcarolla for flute and piano by Alfredo Casella and continue with the Chopin’s Nocturne in C# minor. Her recital continues with Pianist Yanna Georges’ performance of one of Barkholtz’s compositions, Nocturne and concludes with one final performance by Brit, Je Te Veux by Erik Satie.

Mankato native and senior music major Nicole Wamma will open her piano and double bass recital at 3:30 p.m on Saturday. For the recital, she has elected to open with Beethoven’s Sonata in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2, followed by the Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9, No. 2 by Frederic Chopin. She will continue with Gershwin’s Preludes for Piano before moving to double bass and performing, with pianist Beth Winterfeldt, Four Pieces for String Bass and Piano by Reinhold Gliere. To conclude the program, Nicole will be joined by the entire bass section of the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra to present “In the Hall of the Mountain King” from Incidental Music to Peer Gynt by Edvard Grieg.

Soprano Devon Marschall, senior music major and economics minor from Prior Lake, will present her voice and piano recital at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in Jussi Björling Recital Hall. Devon’s program opens with a set of works by Reynaldo Hahn, and two works by Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, “Sull’ aria” and “Guinse alfin il momento…Deh vieni non tardar.” A set of three works by Johannes Brahms is then followed by Chopin’s Nocturne in E minor, Op. 72, No. 1. The recital continues with a set of works by Charles Ives, Ned Rorem, John Duke and Dominick Argento, and concludes with Leonard Bernstein’s Somewhere and Charles Trenent’s Beyond the Sea. Devon is accompanied by pianist Matt McFarlane and assisted by Anna Morton, soprano, Nicole Wamma, mezzo soprano and Mark Wamma, violin.

Senior music education major Christopher Gough finishes the busy recital weekend at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 29. With pianist Brenda Moore, Chris opens the recital with four works for trombone and piano: Concertino by Ferdinand David, A Song for Japan by Steven Verhelst, Pastorale for trumpet, trombone and piano by Eric Ewazen, and Thoughts of Love by Arthur Pryor. Fellow senior Cory Ruegg, trumpet, joins Chris for the Ewazen composition. Chris continues his recital with two works for solo voice, “Gute Nacht” form Winterreise by Franz Schubert and Dream Valley by Roger Quilter. To conclude the recital, Chris will be joined by the other members of the a cappella ensemble G Sharp to perform Tchesnokov’s Salvation is Created, Eliza Gilkyson’s Requiem and Paul Williams’ Rainbow Connection.

All five senior recitals this weekend will be presented in Björling Recital Hall. They are free and open to the public.


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