Faculty Collage impresses students

The D’Angelo Department of Music gathered to support its faculty Thursday, Feb. 4, with the highlight of its Faculty Recital Series—the annual Faculty Collage.

The recital took place in Walker Recital Hall. The first to perform was pianist and student accompanist Faith Lifshen.

She performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor op. 37, movement 1, “Allegro con brio.” It was an outstanding performance from an accompanist that everyone loves so much.

Freshman Brittany Barko said that she was “most impressed with Faith, because accompanists often hide behind the soloist. But they are great musicians too.”

Next to perform was adjunct faculty member Kent Tucker. Tucker teaches Music Appreciation classes as well as private trombone instruction. Tucker performed a piece entitled “T. Rex for Trombone and Tape” by Mark Phillips. The tape mentioned in the title contained noises recorded and altered by a synthesizer; every sound made in the piece was created by a trombone in some way. It is very unique for a musician to play along with a recorded piece or sound.

Sophomore Rachel Reszler thought that “Mr. Tucker exhibited such inventiveness. I was so impressed when I thought about how much he had to practice to match the recording.”

After a brief intermission, Lydia Howery, adjunct faculty member of voice, was next to perform. She sang “Eight Epitaphs” by Theodore Chanler. She gave a short description at the beginning, explaining that it was a tale of two lovers wandering through a graveyard reading headstones. As they read each, they are wondering what they will be remembered for, if anything at all.

Finally Dr. Samuel Rotberg, assistant professor and coordinator of the string department, performed two selections. First, he performed Beethoven’s Romanze for Violin and Orchestra in G major op. 40. This piece was very delicate and full of smooth, long phrases. He then performed Concerto No. 2 in B minor op. 7, movement 3, Rondo: Allegretto Moderato. This piece was a dance that was full of short, punctuated notes. It was very interesting to see these two very contrasting pieces being played right next to each other.

Dr. Shirley Yoo, assistant professor and coordinator of the keyboard department accompanied most of the performers. She was a wonderful addition to the performance.

Students enjoyed watching many of their teachers perform in the same show. Junior Veronica Joy said, “This is my favorite (show each year); I can hardly wait to see who we will get to hear.”