On March 3, one of Cumberland’s own voice students, Alexis Alduenda, performed her senior recital. This is a requirement for music majors, particularly those with a performance emphasis. Alexis prepared fourteen pieces in total, with differing keys, genres, languages, and ranges. She began her recital with compositions in Italian, German, and French, written by big-name composers Handel, Strauss, and Debussy. After a five-minute intermission, Alexis reconvened with 20th century art songs written by Samuel Barber. She also had a set of two operatic arias from the shows “Der Freischutz” and “Linda di Chamounix.” She concluded with musical theater pieces from the shows “Les Miserables” and “She Loves Me.”
Along with her performance, Alexis provided a detailed program that included the order of song performance, translations of her foreign language pieces, as well as background stories about her pieces from stage productions. It was a very well-done performance. I give Alexis major kudos for memorizing and performing her music in such a short amount of time!
Currently, music majors are rehearsing a production called, “The Impresario” written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The production is a melodramatic operetta, which means there is straight acting as well as singing involved in the production. It is similar to a musical, but the only differentiating factor is that the music itself is sung with operatic technique and style. This operetta will be featuring music majors Austin Smith, Alexis Alduenda, Jacob Young, and myself, Sarah Donovan. The cast also includes Cumberland alumnus Deron Martel as Mr. Scruples. The production is directed by Chris Bird, and music is co-directed by Dr. Brian Kilian and Dr. Michele Paise. Performances will take place on Monday, April 13, and Tuesday, April 14, at 7:00 pm.
Other exciting performances coming up are the junior and degree recital of Kristian Hawkins and Rory Ferrell on Tuesday, April 21, at 7:00 pm, the senior recital of Sarah Donovan (that’s me!) on Thursday, April 23, at 7:00 pm, and finally the junior recital of Austin Smith on Tuesday, May 5, at 7:00 pm. I hope you can come out and support our students in their performances!