Juniors take stage with recitals


As February comes to an end and students prepare for midterms and spring break, others have been hard at work rehearsing for their music recitals that will take place over the course of this weekend.

First up will be juniors Emily Hudock and Mindy Danowski who will present their Student Clarinet Recital this Saturday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. in the Stretansky Concert Hall.

“It’s a variety of music from a bunch of different eras. You have everything from French pieces to German pieces…it’s the coolest,” Danowski said.

Hudock and Danowski noted that they will be playing pieces from such composers as Paul Reade, Paul Harvey, Robert Schumann, Claude Debussy, Béla Kovács, William Bolcom and Amilcare Ponchielli.

“It’s not just purely classical, we really try to incorporate some modern pieces into it,” Danowski said.

“My favorite piece would have to be the Schumann one,” Hudock said of composer Robert Schumann’s “Fantasiestücke for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 73” that she’ll be performing.

“Schumann was just this crazy, emotional and unstable individual and that is represented in this piece,” Hudock added.

“Each song is definitely different and presents different challenges. It’s different playing by yourself than playing with an accompanist,” Danowski said.

The recital will feature junior Lauren Flynn on the harp and Lecturer in Music Ilya Blinov on the piano.

Next up will be juniors Brian Stern and Benjamin Wetzel whose Student Percussion Recital will be presented this Sunday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. in the Stretansky Concert Hall.

Stern and Wetzel will perform pieces from a variety of composers including Robert Zolnowski, Elliott Carter, Gene Fambrough, Nils Rohwer and Arthur Lipner.

The recital will also feature sophomore Michael Blasser as well as Stern and Wetzel performing on a variety of percussion instruments including the timpani, marimba, vibraphone and tambourine.

“There’s some slow pieces and some faster pieces and some lower pieces and pieces that are just loud…a little bit of something for everyone,” Wetzel said.

“There’s the classic repertoire staple everyone has to do and newer century pieces as well,” Stern added.

Stern added that both him and Wetzel will be doing about 20 minutes of solo work each and then incorporate some duets into that as well.

“We would love to see as many people as possible come out,” Wetzel said.

Stern added that the last percussion recital was about 3 years ago, “so this is kind of like the ‘big start’ to more percussion recitals occurring, especially as lower classmen move up and get ready to do their own recitals.”

The final recital for the weekend will be held by juniors Stacey Geyer, soprano and Ryan Workman, tenor, whose Student Voice Recital will also take place on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. in the Stretansky Concert Hall.

“It’s very much a collaboration of two people who love what they do and who are very serious about what they do,” Geyer said.

Geyer added that the “composers are ones that are very technically demanding, both vocally and instrumentally.”

Some of the composers Workman and Geyer will be performing include Richard Strauss, Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti and Gioacchino Rossini.

“’La Danza’ is very fun… it’s very fast and will be one [piece] that gets people’s feet tapping,” Workman said of the Rossini he will be performing.

“Picking the repertoire is very interesting. You need to know what voice does well and finding what works or doesn’t work,” Geyer said.

When talking about how they came to work together, Workman and Geyer both had a smile on their face.

Workman said: “It was last spring and we were sitting in our music history class together, and I had been putting thought into the recital and kind of had Stacey in mind and when I had turned around to ask her if she wanted to do the recital together she had turned around at the same time and asked me. The stars aligned for a change.”

“Ryan and I both love what we do and I would love as many people as possible to come check out what we do,” Geyer said.

Workman added, “If there is anyone with trepidation, my goal is always to break that so that they find this engaging no matter what they’re tastes are.”