Gustavus Honors Day Includes Senior Honors Recital & A Choral Mosaic

Posted on May 6th, 2016 by

The Department of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College will celebrate the accomplishments of its students with two major events on Honors Day, Saturday, May 7. The day includes the annual Senior Honors Recital in Jussi Björling Recital Hall at 1:30 p.m. and an addition to the Honors Day schedule this year — A Choral Mosaic — in Christ Chapel at 7:30 p.m.. Both are free and open to the public.

The 2016 Senior Honors Recital will open Honors Day for the Department of Music at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. Eight seniors, selected by audition, will present selections on the recital. Following the performance, the Department of Music will host a reception in the recitalists’ honor.

  • Kendra Frey, violin, Sonata No. 2 in A Major by Johannes Brahms
  • Shannon Graham, piano, Un Sospiro by Franz Liszt
  • Caleb Likely, trombone, Sonata for Trombone by Eric Ewazen
  • Emily Rudquist, piano, Schero No. 2 by Frederic Chopin
  • Karin Dye, viola,  Capriccio by Henri Vieuxtemps & Julie-O by Mark Summer
  • David Roland, tenor, Romance by Claude Debussy & Total Eclipse by George Frideric Handel
  • Claire Merchen, piano, Etude in C-Sharp minor by H. Leslie Adams
  • Hannah Walters, soprano, La Zingara by Gaetano Donizetti

A Choral Mosaic including performances, both solo and mixed, by the Gustavus Choir, under the director of Conductor Gregory Aune and the Choir of Christ Chapel and the Lucia Singers, both let by Conductor Brandon Dean, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Christ Chapel. The program will open with the combined choirs singing Rejoice, Ye Heavenly Powers by Stephen Main, followed by the Gustavus Choir’s Kyrie from Messe Solennelle by Jean Langlais and Samuel Barber’s Agnus Dei. The Lucia Singers will continue with René Clausen’s Psalm 100, the Dirait-on from the Lauridsen Les Chanson des Roses, and La Paloma arranged by Cristian Grases. Senior music major Chase Fasbender will then lead the combined men in Walter’s Rise Up, O Men of God, before the Choir of Christ Chapel performs Desh (an Indian Raga), Bogoroditse Dyevo from Vespers by Sergei Rachmaninoff, J’entends le moulin, and I Love You/What a Wonderful World arranged by Craig Hella Johnson. The combined women of the three choirs will next sing Charles Albert Tindley’s The Storm is Passing Over, directed by senior Heather ‘Rudi’ Thompson. The Gustavus Choir will return to the risers to perform Amor de mi Alma by Z. Randall Stroope, Where is Love? from the musical Oliver, and Nyon Nyon by Jake Runestad before the combined choirs return to conclude the concert with Mark Hayes’ Walkin’ down that Glory Road.

Both Honors Day performances are free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.


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