Students appreciate first Faculty Recital

The D’Angelo School of Music hosted its first faculty recital in Walker Recital Hall on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m.

The faculty recital series serves as a place for the faculty of the music school to perform their primary instruments for students and the community.

This month, the featured artist was Brent Weber.

Weber is an assistant professor of voice at Mercyhurst College and performs tenor voice.

He was accompanied by Erik Meyer, who is an adjunct professor of organ at the ’Hurst.

Students enjoy watching their favorite teachers perform.

Freshman Chad Bonifazi said, “It’s nice to hear them for once. We spend all year performing for them, and we never get to really listen to their talent.”

The program of Weber’s recital consisted of a few large pieces.
He started the concert with “Unverganglichkeit” by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

This piece consisted of five movements and is sung in German.
The next piece that Weber performed was “Airs Champetre” by Francis Poulenc.

These were originally written for soprano voice, but were adapted for tenor, and are performed in French.

After a short intermission, Weber performed the last five movements from a piece titled “A Young Man’s Exhortation” by Gerald Finzi.

These movements explore the changes that occur in a young man’s life.

The last piece Weber sang was “Five Movements For My Father” by Susan Kander.

For this piece, a small ensemble was brought out, including Samuel Rotberg on violin, Rebecca Wunch on clarinet, Robin Hasenpflug on cello and Erik Meyer on piano.

Only three movements were performed, two of which were in English, and one of which, based on a poem, was in French.

Overall, the audience had a very warm response to Weber’s recital.

Junior Lynn Dula said, “I love to watch the man who has taught me so much perform in his own concert.”

“I’m proud to say that Mr. Weber is my voice teacher,” junior Randi Heitman said.