Tri-m Modern Music Masters Recital Review

Sydney Czyzon, Views Editor

At 6:30 P.M. on the night of February 6, 2014, an audience gathered in the band room to be entertained by 26 unique instrumental acts performed by students. All participants were either involved in a solo, duet, or small ensemble and had prepared for the recital months in advance.

In order to perfect their skills, the musicians attended periodic sessions involving other members of Tri-m where they were given the opportunity to demonstrate what they were working on and receive critical feedback. This ritual obviously led to positive outcomes, as each performer precisely displayed profound talent. On top of this, most students attend private lessons that allow them to practice their music even more. Also, run-throughs of their pieces at home was an integral key to success.

The evening began with a small jazz combo featuring Colin Deeter, Nav’een Rao, Danny Mulligan, Alex Volante, and Gerardo Martinez. Attendees were filled with warmth, although it was cold outside, by the enthusiasm and musicality of the entertainers. The smooth tune filled the air and established the atmosphere for the rest of the recital.

Violinist Kyra Adams gently resonated delightful sounds during Suite No. 2 Prelude by J.S. Bach. The audience was enticed by her accuracy and delicacy as she showcased her abilities. Senior Emma Sheikh brought a familiar tune to the ears of spectators as she played River Flows in You by Yiruma on piano, also known as Bella’s Lullaby from the Twilight Saga. Sophomore Eric Small articulated elegant notes on his piano piece entitled Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin.

The second half of the evening included even more impressive performances. Senior oboist Rachel Buechel shined as she passionately displayed her hard work by playing Sonata in D Major Op. 166 by Camille Saint-Saens. Senior trombonist Alexander Paolone inspired listeners with his beautiful tone quality and liveliness while executing the piece Thoughts of Love by Arthur Pryor. Eric Small once again amazed everyone with his technique and vigor during Clarinet Concerto in A Major. Kathleen Patrick played 2 Sonatas for Horn, II. Sonate by Luigi Cherubini and presented her own proficiency. Junior percussionist Daniel Mulligan wowed all with his breathtaking gift, followed by violin player Dominique Archambeau who remarkably recited Romanze Op. 85 by Max Bruch through sole memorization. Finally, the night ended on a joyful note during an amusing polka surprise that was provided by Rok Churnovic, Nav’een Rao, and Colin Deeter.

Other musicians not mentioned included Tara Price, Nicole Brozyna, Steven Widlowski, Erin Cochran, Karen Valencia, Laura Schultz, Elizabeth Malloy, Matthew Garbin, Da’Sean Moffett-Wilson, Desiray Keigan, Kaitlyn Friend, Sarah Gaydos, Mariah Dean, Greta McGuire, and Youija Wang. Overall, all musicians should be commended for their motivational work and expertise. The recital was extremely enjoyable and more individuals should considering coming and supporting their peers regarding future band events.