Moser presents ‘Music to Warm a Winter Day’


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The faculty recital series continues with Jonathan Moser’s recital on Feb. 25 at 4 p.m.

Megan Lay, Staff writer

On Feb. 25, Jonathan Moser will be performing “Music to Warm and Winter Day,” a collection of compositions for violin.
Moser, instructor of Music, has compiled a balanced program for the audience to attend in order to escape from the record-breaking Erie winter.
Moser’s recital is comprised of four pieces of music from the 19th and 20th centuries: Hindemith Sonata for Solo Violin, Op. 31, No 2; Beethoven Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30 No. 2; Prokofiev Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor Op. 80; and Tchaikovsky Valse–Scherzo, Op. 34.
He is featuring music from two German and two Russian composers.
Moser has arranged the performance with minor key pieces surrounded by two lighter, more inviting pieces at the beginning and the end of the program.
Moser said, “I hope the audience comes away from this performance with a sense of respite, balance and also like they have gone on a journey.”
Moser will be collaborating with Nathan Hess, D.M.A., Music department chair and assistant professor of Piano, during this performance.
“Working with him as a collaborator is a pleasure and a joy,” Moser said of Hess. “We really are creating a story together.
“When I get the opportunity to collaborate with someone it morphs from being something about technique to something more beautiful,” Moser said.
Moser said that the spirit of collaborations are very important among the arts.
Music students are encouraged to collaborate with pianists each semester.
Hopefully this spirit of collaboration will be able to be extended through all of the art departments at Mercyhurst.
When asked what makes the Mercyhurst Music department unique, Moser said, “I have taught at four other colleges, and they did not possess the same environment.
“The biggest difference is the quality of character in the student body.
“It is an intangible generosity and kindness that you do not have a lot of other places.”
Brave the bitter winter and head to Walker Recital Hall on Feb. 25 at 4 p.m. to support Mercyhurst Music faculty.
This performance is free and open to the public.