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Each performance seemed to connote a different story. The song “Allegro Spiritoso,” by J.B. Senaille as performed by student Holly Decker on bassoon, had a light and festive tone throughout to open the concert hall and invite listeners in. Kyle Dolgner’s guitar performance of “Prelude #2,” by Heitor Villa-Lobos, was delicate and seemed as though it might be something you would hear by an artist performing on the streets.
Tyler Eschmann’s tenor voice rendition of “Ma Rondo Pur Contento,” by Vincenzo Bellini, was powerful and a strong midpoint in the performances. Then, violinist Max Feiler performed “Danse Lunaire,” which I was stunned to hear was written by one of our Parkside professors! Written by composer and professor James Crowley, the piece was a little dark and mysterious.
The concert ended on light notes, first with the performance of “Concerto in B♭, K. 191 Allegro,” by W.A. Mozart performed by Alexandra Gibson on bass clarinet, and “Wave Motion,” by Bill Molenhof as performed by Nick Stainbrook on the vibraphone, a distinct song and instrument that stood out and gave a unique conclusion to the recital.
All of the performances in the UW-Parkside Student Recital were above and beyond any expectations, and well worth taking time out of a hectic schedule to enjoy some amazing musical performances. The BMO Harris Noon Concert Series does not end with this event. The next performance is Friday, with the UW-Parkside Flute Ensemble. You are invited to attend this or other upcoming free performances at noon in the Bedford Concert Hall on most Fridays through mid-December.
Check out the full list of Real Amazing upcoming performances here.