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Danielle Cummins plays “Greensleeves (What Child is This)” after the performance of the La Mer Duo with Nicodemus Maracut on piano in Morgan Auditorium Saturday. Cummins was excited to have played one of her original compositions during the performance titled “Crystal Cove,” written last month. Cummins ended “Greensleeves” by announcing, “Christmas is coming.”/photo by Jasmin Miranda.

Danielle Cummins plays “Greensleeves (What Child is This)” after the performance of the La Mer Duo with Nicodemus Maracut on piano in Morgan Auditorium Saturday. Cummins was excited to have played one of her original compositions during the performance titled “Crystal Cove,” written last month. Cummins ended “Greensleeves” by announcing, “Christmas is coming.” / photo by Jasmin Miranda.

Rachel Sandoval
Staff Writer

The University of La Verne campus was roaring Saturday night with the noise of the home football game, but inside Morgan Auditorium the sounds of the violins crying and pianos playing filled the acoustics of the room.

Adjunct music professor Danielle Cummins led the recital by playing the violin and Nicodemus Maracut accompanied with the piano followed by the La Verne Chamber Orchestra.

“The way she played the violin was mesmerizing,” senior psychology major Max Brown said.

“I don’t usually listen to this genre of music, but I felt the story she was telling through the music she was playing.”

Before performing the pieces, Cummins explained the story behind each piece and the original composer.

The pieces all had one thing in common and that was the romance in the notes.

“I really like the dramatic pieces if you haven’t noticed,” Cummins said before performing “Thaïs Méditaion” by Jules Massenet.

Cummins played a variety of classical music pieces from Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Fauré, Järnefelt and Beach.

While performing “Apré Un Rêve” you could see a smile on Cummins face that exhibited her love for the music.

The last piece she performed was a song she had written herself titled “Crystal Cove.”

“You could tell that when she wrote that piece it was personal to her and it still is today when she played it,” Brown said.

The chemistry between the violin and piano was evident when each note seemed to have a partner in each other through the song.

While performing “Crystal Cove” Maracut had a chance to display his skill of the piano during a short solo Cummins wrote into the song.

The second part of the show followed after a quick intermission to set up.

The orchestra performance began with “Harvest Reel” by Deborah Baker Monday, a contemporary composer.

The orchestra performed three songs in total, which included pieces from Antoníák Dvorák and Henry Purcell.

“Every time I perform I feel a sense of pride from the songs,” Cristobal Guiterrez, senior psychology major, said.

“I treat them as if they are my own by perfecting every note in the song,” Gutierrez said.

Guiterrez plays the violin in the La Verne Chamber Orchestra.

The orchestra ended the night with “Jigg (Short and Sweet),” a happy and lively song composed by Henry Purcell.

“It felt as though I was watching a world famous orchestra not a college orchestra,” senior business administration major Christopher Ames said.

“I was impressed by how professional they sounded,” Ames said.

The event concluded with a standing ovation of the audience to both performances.

Rachel Sandoval can be reached at rachel.sandoval@laverne.edu.

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