Sounds of the Americas were heard last Friday afternoon in the University Chapel as the Chamber Music class provided entertainment from vocal to instrumental performances as part of their Spring recital.
The performance, hosted by the ULV Music Department and music fraternity Mu Phi Epsilon, featured an array of selections that involved the students and some faculty members alike. The combination of both student and faculty performers gave the event a versatile set list.
“I thought it was a good mix of both singing and instrumental music. I thought it was cool that professors were able to perform because they teach, but you don’t see their potential until you see them perform live,” said senior political science major Katherine Kimble.
Chamber Music, which was constructed as an official course two semesters ago, and the students were very excited to share their experience with the rest of their audience, said Christopher Kaelberer, vice president of Mu Phi Epsilon.
“Fall semester is when it started with two students enrolled, and then it grew to five this semester. I think the difficulty is in knowing what you’re doing because the majority is solo work. You don’t have a big group to rely on like a choir, so that’s where most of the difficulty lies,” Kaelberer said.
The recital began with a vocal duet by Kaelberer and Nicee Gonzalez, president of Mu Phi Epsilon, The vocal performance was accompanied by a piano which was played by political science major, Jennifer Ramirez.
An instrumental performance followed with a delightful flute duet performed by professor Eileen Holt and Shelbie Acevedo. Annie Curasi and Stephen Cundiff added to the wide variety at the recital with their performance approach. The two performers decided to mix up the sounds by taking on their rendition of “The Next Ten Minutes” from the musical The Last Five Years.
A medley of four Mexican folk songs was then performed in Spanish by students which incorporated shakers, piano, vocal arrangements, and even a trumpet.
“I don’t speak Spanish but my family does so it wasn’t that difficult to learn the songs. I feel like if you don’t like the music you’re singing, regardless of language, you won’t have any fun singing it,” Gonzalez said.
A literary element was brought to the table when Professor Carol Stephenson sang pieces based on poetry and choral pieces rearranged for solo performance.
‘Of Clouds and Sunshine’ was a student-composed violin-viola performance by senior Michael Fausto. Accompanying his viola was Angelica Osorio on violin, blending the two for a beautiful harmony.
“He composed it this year. It was written because he picked up the viola last semester and this time he wanted to write something he could play. He specifically wrote it after he met Angie and he thought playing a viola with a violin would be interesting, so she was his inspiration for that in a way,” Kaelberer said.
The recital was small, but provided great varieties of entertainment for those present at the Chapel.
“Chamber music concerts are more intimate. There are fewer members which is what a chamber is. It has a wider range of things to listen to,” Gonzalez said.
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