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Students’ talent moves the crowd

Vicky Campos, junior music major, and Zachary Green, senior theater major, perform at Sunday’s student recital. Campos sang “Va! Laisse couler mes larmes” by Jules Massenet and “I’ve Heard an Organ Talk Sometimes” by Aaron Copland. Green sang “Someone to Fall Back On,” by Jason Robert Brown. / photo by Katherine Careaga

Vicky Campos, junior music major, and Zachary Green, senior theater major, perform at Sunday’s student recital. Campos sang “Va! Laisse couler mes larmes” by Jules Massenet and “I’ve Heard an Organ Talk Sometimes” by Aaron Copland. Green sang “Someone to Fall Back On,” by Jason Robert Brown. / photo by Katherine Careaga

Candice Nuñez
Staff Writer

Sweet sounds of student voices rang loudly throughout Morgan Auditorium Sunday night at the student recital.

The music department presented many talented musicians, ranging from mezzo-sopranos, tenors and pianists to trumpet and flute players.

“The recital was all together very nice. I didn’t know we were so talented at La Verne,” freshman kinesiology major Nasjua Palmer said.

The recital featured students from the studios of MohWeu Chen-Hribar, Karen Knecht, Eileen Holt, Jonathan Mack and Carol Stephenson with Jennifer Cruz as the accompanist.

“I’ve never attended one of these recitals before but ended up really enjoying it,” freshman criminology major Lyndsay Godwin said.

“Every performance was different in its own way and had everyone in the audience so intrigued.”

Each performance had a different feel, from energetic broadway numbers to classic opera pieces.

Mezzo-sopranos junior music major Amanda Timko, junior music major Vicky Campos, sophomore theater major Victoria Wyatt and freshman biology major, Ashley Valiente sang a variety of songs such as the powerful and heartbreaking opera piece, “Va! Laisse couler mes larmes,” the fun and flirty, “Broadway Baby,” and the somber “On My Own” from “Les Misérables.”

The audience was also treated to the sounds of freshman music major Caelin Eager on the piano and the flute trio consisting of sophomore psychology major Liz Garcia, freshman chemistry major Jacky Castaneda and sophomore English major Chandler Heath. who played “Pavanne” and “Three Nuns in the Desert.”

“Caelin was my favorite part of the show; she played with such passion and was so great to watch,” Godwin said.

Although the performance consisted predominately of female vocalists and musicians, the audience was also able to enjoy the vocal talents of the only four male tenors of the evening, junior music major, Paolo Kespradit, freshman communications major Timothy May, junior music major Ernie Reyes and senior theater arts major Zachary Green.

Green sang two different songs to show the audience the versatility in his voice.

The first song was an opera performance followed by his rendition of “Someone to Fall Back On,” by Jason Robert Brown.

“I’ve performed in about 10 recitals since I’ve been at La Verne and tonight I felt pretty good,” Green said. “Carol has been challenging me with really difficult stuff lately so it was nice to give it a good shot.”

A crowd favorite, freshman music major Brianna Nemback, sang two opera style numbers “Der Tod und das Mädchen” and “Un bel di.”

Some audience members were left in tears after soprano singer Nemback sang her rendition of the songs.

“Brianna is always amazing. She’s always so great in class and tonight was no different,” Green said.

The music department will host another student recital May 24 in Morgan Auditorium at 7:30 pm.

Candice Nuñez can be reached at candice.nunez@laverne.edu.

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