ALEX GRUBER | ENTERTAINMENT COLUMNIST
Lauren Bendt ’16 gave her senior music recital on Sunday, April 24 at 2 p.m. in Dudley Birder Hall. Bendt, a flutist, performed “Sonata No. 2 in G major” by Giovanni Platti and “Kokopeli” by Katherine Hoover, among other pieces.
Brian Falk ’17 performed his junior music recital on Friday, April 29 at 3:30 p.m. in Dudley Birder Hall. Falk, an instrumental and general music education major, played alto trombone and tenor trombone for the event. Connor Klavekoske ’18 accompanied him on the piano; the SNC saxophone ensemble also accompanied Falk for some of his pieces.
Falk’s recital included “Elegy for Mippy II” by Leonard Bernstein and “Colors for Trombone and Piano” by Bert Appermont. Falk identified the latter piece as his favorite.
“I happened upon this piece by accident while browsing for potential recital pieces and instantly fell in love with it,” Falk stated. “Each movement is a different color, and the music reflects what emotional descriptions are used to describe each color.”
Falk has been involved in music for as long as he can remember but especially took an interest in it once he started taking piano lessons in the second grade. He currently plans to become an instructor for a high school band after graduating from St. Norbert College. On campus, Falk participates in wind ensemble, jazz band, bell choir, Knights on Broadway, NAfME and Knight Theatre.
Asked why students and other SNC community members should attend student recitals, Falk compared a recital to a final project or paper. All of these efforts require an audience to read or hear the final products and appreciate the time and work that went into them.
“Beside that, going to a recital is a free opportunity for us liberal arts students to expand our musical horizons as a culturally diverse human being,” Falk added. “Not to mention that by attending a recital you are personally supporting either a friend or a fellow classmate within the SNC community.”
The spring band concert was held on Friday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Walter Theatre. Dr. Michael Knight directed the wind ensemble and the concert band for the event.
The Birder Studio of Performing Arts presented its spring showcase on Sunday, May 1 at 3:30 p.m. in the Walter Theatre. The annual event featured musical reviews, musical theatre scenes, songs and dance selections.
The St. Norbert Student Honors Recital occurred on Tuesday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Dudley Birder Hall. The annual event features students performing selected works from their recitals in the 2015-2016 academic year at the invitation of the college’s music faculty.
Upcoming musical events at St. Norbert College include the Dudley Birder Chorale’s America Sings concert May 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Walter Theatre and the Knights on Broadway spring showcase May 12, 13, 19, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and May 14 at 2 p.m. in Dudley Birder Hall.
This has been another great year for music at St. Norbert College. Until next semester, have a great summer, and remember: always keep a song in your heart!