University of La Verne music students showcased their vocal talents to friends and family in a recital that included songs from “Rent” and the Beatles May 4 at Morgan Auditorium.
“We had private voice lessons, so we have been practicing all semester,” junior liberal studies major Justeen Montelongo said.
Most of the performers sang two songs. In the second song, singers seemed able to have more fun as the lyrics and the beats were lighter and cheerful.
The singers were accompanied by piano accompanist Kevin Wiley, a member of the music staff at Mt. SAC.
The first performer, mezzo-soprano Margo Cash, was welcomed with applause.
Cash performed with poise and a sweet voice throughout both songs, but her vocals failed to deliver at times during the show tune “Johnny One Note” from the musical “Babes in Arms.”
Despite the shaky vocals, Cash seemed to enjoy “Johnny One Note,” but looked disappointed when she finished the song.
The first soprano singer of the night, Montelongo, hit the high notes eloquently and continued to do so throughout her performance of the French song “L’heure Exquise.”
For her second song Montelongo sang “Green Finch and Linnet Bird” from the musical play “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” with more confidence and captivating vocals.
“I was really nervous,” Montelongo said. “I thought I was going to forget the words, but once I got up there I forgot about everything.”
A highlight of the night was tenor Paolo Kespradit.
His strong, deep voice filled the room from the first note of the song, “If Music Be the Food of Love.”
During his performance of “One Song Glory” from “Rent,” Kespradit sang with emotion and continued with on-pitch vocals while sustaining long notes.
At one point, Kespradit forgot the lyrics and had trouble hitting a note, but he shrugged it off and was able to finish just as strong as he began.
Soprano singer Candi Carlton’s performance was captivating and in tune.
She was concentrating deeply as she sang “O del mio dolce ardor,” a song from the opera, “Paride ed Elena.”
Carlton was then able to be more carefree in the song “Green Dog.”
This song had entertaining lyrics like: “If my dog were green I would never be seen without a sea-green bonnet.”
The theater filled with loud cheers and applause as Patrick Sanchez came out on to the stage.
However, the audience was soon silenced as he sat down with his guitar and began tapping his feet to keep time while performing The Beatles’ “Blackbird.”
His guitar skills and voice dazzled the audience, while he did justice to the classic by Lennon and McCartney.
“I was surprised by Patrick and Paolo; they were majorly good,” senior movement and sports science major, Clarissa Holz said.
The concert concluded with mezzo-soprano Amanda Timko with the song “Do I Hear a Waltz?” from the play of the same name.
This song had the same style as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” from the musical play “My Fair Lady.”
Timko’s performance served as a delightful conclusion to the student recital that had many working for a lengthy amount of time.
“There were a few singers that were really good,” sophomore art major Karina McLeod, said.
“There was a range, but most people were pretty solid.”
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