Some Musical Notes: Return of Recitals

ALEX GRUBER | ENTERTAINMENT COLUMNIST

Linda Feldmann and Bethany Thier presented a duo faculty recital on Friday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Dudley Birder Hall. The performance focused on contemporary American song and included selections from Ricky Ian Gordan, Samuel Barber and Leonard Bernstein. Thier and Feldmann were accompanied by Elaine Moss on piano and Stephen Westergan on cello.

Feldmann is an adjunct instructor of music at St. Norbert College. She sang mezzo-soprano for the recital.

Thier, a soprano, is an adjunct music faculty member and the Director of Music for St. Norbert College Parish. Thier obtained a master’s degree in voice and ethnomusicology before coming to St. Norbert College, but music has always played a large role in her life.

“I made up all my own songs when I was a kid,”Thier stated. “It wasn’t until my elementary music teacher gave me structure to channel that sound babble that I started to think about music in a concrete way. It was love at first sound, and I’ve been involved in music ever since.”

In addition to singing, Thier also plays many instruments, from piano, organ and saxophone to more exotic instruments like the angklung and susap. She does not have a favorite genre of music but does enjoy the different styles of music from around the world, such as African Funk.

When asked what her favorite piece of the program was, Thier responded, “I really enjoyed putting together the Andre Previn‘Vocalise’ for soprano, cello, and piano. It’s dark and beautiful, and I always enjoy singing with my long-time friend and music colleague, Steve Westergan, on cello.”

Thier practices every day and sometimes multiple times every day, both for recitals like this one and in general to maintain her skill. She emphasized that rehearsal goes beyond learning a piece to interpreting it, conveying its meaning through performance and working up the stamina for an hour-long performance.

“We have very talented professors and instructors on this campus, and it’s worth getting out to hear them perform,”Thier answered when asked why SNC community members should attend faculty and student recitals. “Besides, it’s free, and that’s not always the case when going to hear such quality performances.”

Upcoming musical events include the Big Band Snowball Dance, featuring the SNC Jazz Band, on Friday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Michels Commons Ballroom; the junior recital of Katie Gajdostik’17 and Jaime Notzen’17 on Friday, March 11 at 3:30 p.m. in Dudley Birder Hall; and the junior recital of Emma Philipps’17 and Charlie DeVillers’17 at 5:30 p.m. in Dudley Birder Hall. Attend one or more of these events and support the musical arts at SNC!

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