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Students Dazzle in Angela Waite Recital

Students Dazzle in Angela Waite Recital

By Sterling Nelson

Students, professors and community members packed Brandi Recital Hall for the Angela Waite Recital, which showcases some of the best musical performances at Kenyon, on Saturday night. Chosen by a jury of music professors, these 11 soloists and one duet displayed incredible musical talent.

The recital began with Mary Alice Jackson ’15, who played a haunting rendition of “Syrinx” by Claude Debussy on alto saxophone.

Marissa Hartman ’14 exhibited tight vocal control on the acrobatic “Si, mi chiamano Mimi” from the opera La bohème by Giacomo Puccini. The night’s only duet consisted of Padraig Duna ’14 and Sam Graf ’16 on classical guitar playing “Punto Cubano,” written by an anonymous artist. Will Quam ’14 sang “Ich grolle nicht” from the song cycle Dichterliebe by Robert Schumann, while Yingqi Li ’16 performed the intricate Mélodie from Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir d’un lieu cher on violin.  Jason Cerf ’15 sang Ralph Vaughan Williams’s “The Call” from Five Mystical Songs.

Noah Weinman ’16 gave a playful performance of “Lady Bird” by Tad Dameron on trumpet, and Becca Weiser ’14 gave an animated and emotional vocal performance of “I’ll Be Here” from the musical Ordinary Days.

Zoe Tatarsky ’17 played a delicate “Autumn Leaves” by Eva Cassidy on guitar, while Elgin Martin ’17 showed off a powerful baritone voice singing “I Got Plenty of Nuttin’’” from the musical Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin.

David Hoyt ’14, who is also the Collegian’s chief copy editor, gave a nimble performance of Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s Fantasy for Viola in G minor. Ally Schmaling ’14 ended the recital by singing “Fruhlingsnacht” by Robert Schumann.

The Angela Waite Recital highlights talent from students in all majors, not just those majoring in music.

From political science major Weinman to chemistry and Japanese major Li, it was clear Saturday night that musical talent can be found across all academic disciplines.

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