Some Musical Notes

ALEX GRUBER, ENTERTAINMENT COLUMNIST

Jessica Kust ’17 gave her junior piano recital on Friday, Jan. 8 at 5 p.m. in Dudley Birder Hall.

Kust is a piano performance major who has been involved with music since the age of six. She also plays the clarinet in Wind Ensemble and sings. Her recital included pieces from four different musical eras, including “Fantasia in D Minor” by Telemann from the Baroque period and first movement of Beethoven’s “Sonata Pathétique.” Kust also composed an original work, a duet for alto saxophone and piano, for her recital. Asked which piece was her favorite, Kust chose both “Leibestraum” by Liszt and “Op. 23, No. 5 in G Minor” by Rachmaninoff.

“On one hand, ‘Leibestraum’ allowed me extra freedom of expression and interpretation,” she said. “On the other hand, the Rachmaninoff piece required the most stamina, and I really love to dive into music that requires the performer to use their strength.”

Kust stated that SNC students should attend student recitals “to give the performer a chance at a real-world situation. I believe that the more audience members I see at a recital, the greater the challenge for the performer, since that person should see it as their task to emotionally move every single audience member. This is why the performer always thanks the audience, since every listener is there for the benefit of the performer.”

Upcoming musical events at St. Norbert College include the winter band concert on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Walter Theater; the winter BandFest concert on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. in the Walter Theater; and the guest artist vocal recital of Bruce Rameker on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 4 p.m. in Dudley Birder Hall.

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