On Friday, May 16, senior music and classics double major Karl Grant, who is from Stillwater, Minnesota, will display his piano skills in Björling Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. This recital will be free for the public to attend and there will be refreshments afterwards.
Karl’s musical repertoire will feature a great variety of styles. He will open his concert with Francis Poulenc’s first movement of “Trois Novelettes” titled Modéré sans lenteur. Then he will play “Prelude and Fuge in Bb minor, BWV 867” by Johann Sebastian Bach, followed by another work of Francis Poulenc, “Valse- improvisation sur le nom de BACH.” Johannes Brahms’ second movement of “Sech Klavierstüke, Op. 118,” called Intermezzo; Andante teneramente, will follow. After that Karl will perform the ninth movement, Larghetto, of “Träume am Kamin, Op. 143” by Max Reger. “Etude for the left hand alone, Op. 36” by Felix Blumenfeld will come next.
For the next four songs Karl will team up with baritone Elliot Bell, which is what he is looking forward to the most since he will get the chance to show what he learned when he studied in Amsterdam last semester. The first piece will be Bart Howard’s “Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words).” “Emily” by Johnny Mandel and Johnny Mercer will be after that. Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green composed “Lucky to Be Me,” which will be performed nest. The last piece that Elliot Bell will join Karl for will be “My Foolish Heart” by Victor Young and Ned Washington. After that Karl will play George and Ira Gershwin’s “Someone to Watch Over Me.” To close the concert, Karl will perform a piece that he composed called “One for Grant.” The amount of contrast throughout his recital will keep audience members intrigued from beginning to end.
Karl Grant’s senior piano recital will take place at Björling Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Friday May 16. Refreshments will be served following the recital and the public can attend for free.