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Concert series expresses nostalgia

Amanda Nieto
LV Life Editor

The Friday Noon Concert greeted eager listeners like an early evening breeze after a warm day with Rachel V. Huang, adjunct professor of music at Scripps, on violin and Paul R. Bishop, Scripps performance staff, on piano.

At 12:15 p.m. on Sept. 30, the Boone Recital Hall at Scripps College Performing Arts Center welcomed about 50 people to luxuriate in the pleasure of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Sonata in F minor, BWV 1018 and Franz Schubert’s Sonata in A Major, Op. posth. 162, D 574.

The violin and piano played off one another, giving both pieces extraordinary depth.

“We are lucky to still have these sonatas from the 1700s,” Huang said. “A lot has been lost but we still have some.”

After tuning her violin, Huang glanced at Bishop, each gave the other a small smile and the concert began.

The piano started the piece and the violin swarmed in with its heavy melody.

Notes from the instruments flew up to the ceiling only to gently drift down on the ears of the audience.

Boone Recital Hall was a perfect venue for the concert with its wood floors and wood paneled walls that travel up and stop midway where the ceiling fades into the heavens.

The audience enters through glass doors that are joined by glass windows that reach from floor to ceiling and extend to the back of the hall, which gives the hall exquisite light and adds to the overall aesthetics of the space.

Audience members sit in wood theater seats that are adorned with elm leaf green cushions and gradually rise up to the back of the medium sized room

Bach’s Sonata continued to the Allegro which was marked with shorter and quicker notes than when it initially started.

This livelier tempo led many to tap their feet with the rhythm.

The third section of the Sonata was heavier than the second until it merged back into lightness with higher notes in the Vivace.

At the end of the piece both performers joined hands and rose to meet the large applause from the audience.

“The first movement was very nostalgic and gentle sounding,” Janine Yii, freshman from Scripps College, said.

For the second act Huang explained Schubert’s Sonata as the double-edged sword of love, which combined aspects of joy and sorrow.

“As his life went on, his music was an evocation of joy and sadness,” Huang said.

Bishop began on the piano with quick and light touches of the keys that were held up by the length and strength of the violin.

This smoothness was abruptly interrupted by quick slashes from the violin bow and thick pounds at the piano.

However, this portion of intensity and aggression quickly floated back into a liquid rhythm.

Journeying into the softer aspects of the piece had many audience members closing their eyes and leaning back, so as to further allow the music to control the senses.

“It was an emotional rollercoaster with certain pieces taking you to highs and lows,” Yii said.

“I liked the energetic performance, and their interpretations made it special,” Suzanne Snijder, resident of the community, said.

This was one in a series of the Friday Noon Concerts with the next one taking place on Oct. 7 and delving into the music of Spisak, Clarke and Gubaidulina.

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