Music students from 413 and 414 showcase their talents at the fifth Free Wednesday Concert Series
By Edward Ruano, Staff Writer
Students put on their best attire and warmed up their vocal cords during Valley College’s fifth Free Wednesday Concert Series of the fall semester.
The October 30 performance featured members of the music 413 and music 414 classes, who were accompanied by pianists Timothy Jameson and Dr. Patricia Hannifan.
“I thought they did a fantastic job,” said Hannifan, one of the accompanists in the concert and a music instructor at Valley. “I am so proud of them. I’ve seen most of them in voice 1, and I’ve seen them grow, and this was just fantastic.”
The group had varying vocal ranges and contrast, and the repertoire was carefully chosen to highlight each performer’s abilities. All of the artists blended together smoothly in an hour of intense sound, storytelling and emotion during the show, which was held in the Music Recital Hall.
Two somber pieces began the concert: Hector Menzona’s guitar and vocal rendition of “O Sole Mio” by Eduardo di Capua, and Tod Burnam’s performance, who sang of “something beautiful that came back to him,” in his rendition of “Vaghissima Sembianze” by Stefano Donaudy. The show went on to present Cynthia Steingold’s colorful falsetto performance of “O Had I Jubal’s Lyre” by G.F. Handel.
“I thought it was wonderful,” said Steingold. “I felt so good about it afterwards because it was so fun to watch all of my fellow students perform. During the rehearsals, we try really hard, but it just doesn’t come out as well. I did not expect it to be as good as it came out today.”
Oren Halmut’s performance of “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” came after Steingold and before Natalie Hanson took the stage. Hanson sang a story of a girl going to the forest after a heartbreak titled, “Selve Amiche.” Next came a duet by Kiki Bennett and Ben Hernandez, who sang “Vide Cor Meum,” a piece composed by Patrick Cassidy, based on a sonnet from Dante’s “La Vita Nuova.”
Two performances by Theresa Ford and Billy Hernandez followed as the concert came to and end. Before concluding with Rubina Terteryan singing “Ave Maria” by Luigi Luzzi, was Leticia Munguia, who sang of “getting rid of a guy who broke her heart,” with “Vittoria Mio Core” by Giacomo Carissimi.
“I really liked the show,” said Jessica Salas, a psychology major who attended the concert. “[The audience] really showed their enthusiasm, and I think that helped their performance a lot.”
This was the first voice showcase of the semester, but Dr. Christian Nova, one of the music instructors at Valley, plans to hold one every semester. The sixth installment in the Free Wednesday Concert Series will be on Nov. 6 in the Music Recital Hall, room 106 of the music building, at 1 p.m., and will feature t