Spring Concerts are in full-swing

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Spring has sprung, and music is in the air!

From birds chirping brightly to the sweet sounds of singers and musicians from the Chadron State music department, the last week has been full of performances.

Last Thursday evening, guitarist Tanner Johns of Alliance gave his senior recital in Memorial Hall’s room 104. Freshman drummer Dylan Putman, of Lodgepole; and junior bassist Nick Brooks, also of Alliance, accompanied Johns. Saxophonist Drew Kasch, senior of Highlands Ranch, Colorado; guitarist Jeff McFarland, senior of Alliance, and vocalist Arielle Tiensvold, senior of Rushville joined Johns on several of the numbers.

Johns performed a series of Jazz, Blues, and Classical arrangements, along with a few Metal songs and an original piece that he composed titled “Breathe.”

Soprano Lauren Morris, senior of Denver, gave her senior recital Saturday afternoon in the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center’s Chicoine Atrium. Flutist and CSC adjunct instructor Lauren Stephens, and CSC accompanist Brooks Hafey accompanied Morris.

Morris performed pieces by a number of classical and contemporary composers, Including Bach, Mozart, Debussy, and Rorem. All of the pieces were technical and complex and demonstrated Morris’s phenomenal talent as a vocalist.

On Sunday, the music department returned to the Chicoine atrium where eleven students performed for the Student Honors Recital. Morris returned to perform a Mozart piece for the recital and was again accompanied by Hafey.

Hafey also accompanied tenor Zach Henderson, senior of Douglas, Wyoming; baritone Jake Wirth, senior of Sidney; and freshman Trombonist, Allen Kissack, who is also from Sidney.

Two other pianists performed pieces by Claude Debussy; Talia Envoldsen, junior of Potter, who performed Debussy’s “Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum”; and Natsuki Sato, sophomore of Oita-Shi, Japan, who performed Debussy’s “Clair de lune.”

Saxophonist Jedd Raymond, sophomore of Aisworth performed “Bourée” from J.S. Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3.

For the recital’s closing, percussionist Sha-Nae Orr, senior of Hemingford, performed B. Becker’s arrangement of George Hamilton Green’s Log Cabin Blues. Orr backed by the CSC Marimba Ensemble, which featured CSC music professor Sandy Schaefer; Emily Lisko, senior of Piedmont, South Dakota; Jack Royals, sophomore of Rapid City, South Dakota, and Dylan Putman.

Finally, on Monday evening, Hafey accompanied CSC music professor Sidney Shuler as he performed his Faculty recital.

Shuler performed trumpet pieces by Halsey Stevens and Anthony Plog, and after brief intermission returned to perform Richard Peaslee’s “Nightsongs for Fluegelhorn and Trumpet and Piano,” during which he alternated between the softer sounds of the Fluegelhorn and the brighter tones of the Trumpet.

For his closing piece, Shuler performed Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra.” Prior to beginning the piece, Shuler spoke to the audience giving some history about the piece.

At the time Haydn composed the work (late 1700’s), his long-time friend Anton Weidinger had just invented the “keyed trumpet.” The invention marked the first time composers could write music for the trumpet that used the full chromatic scale, and Haydn composed the work to exploit the capabilities of the new instrument.

While it was a busy weekend for the music department, there’s far more in store.

CSC concert choir and Men’s Ensemble will perform at the Chadron Arts Center April 12 at 3 p.m.

On April 19, CSC Professor Una Taylor will have her faculty recital in the Chicoine Atrium at 4 p.m. Taylor will be accompanied by Hafey and Guitarist Ryan Head, junior of Bushnell.

April 26, the Women’s Arioso and Chadron Community Choir will perform at the Chadron Arts Center at 3 p.m.

April 28 will be an evening of Jazz with the Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band in Memorial Hall’s Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

Interspersed will be a number of senior recitals, so check the calendar on csc.edu for more details.

And last, but not least, on May 1, the CSC Wind Symphony and the CSC Campus and Community Band will perform again in the M-Hall Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

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