USD assistant professor thrills CSC with piano performance

The Assistant Professor of Piano at the University at South Dakota, Vermillion, Alessandra Feris, held a recital Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the Memorial Hall Auditorium.
The event last night attracted about 40 people, not only college students but also faculty and Chadron residents, filling up the Auditorium. The Brazilian pianist played three pieces in an hour.
She opened the night with a melodious piece, “The Maiden and the Nightingale” from Goyescas by Spanish composer Enrique Granados then heated up the atmosphere with the mysterious yet strong and fierce “Marosszék Dances” by Zoltán Kodánly. The last one was one of the great romantic sonatas by Johannes Brahms, Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5, which consists of five nostalgic sets. At the end, she treated the crowd with an energetic encore in response to the audiences’ applause.
The guest artist stunned the audience with her skillful techniques, which led the audience through all stages of emotions in each piece. Her elegant body gestures expressively elaborate the climax of music pieces. It turned out the wonderful body language resulted from many years of her devotion to ballet.
“I grew up dancing ballet till I was about twenty or so,” Feris said.
The experience contributed to her signature performance techniques.
Alessandra Feris inspired students with her performance last night.
“She showed her emotion really well,” Alisha Huynh, 19, freshman of Scottsbluff, said. She also said that she learned a lot from the pianist’s movements on stage.
Feris said she enjoyed her visit and was impressed with the facilities of Chadron State College.

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