One of the most exciting and culminating points of a music major’s college career is her senior recital. As I reported in a previous blog post, my original recital date of March 2 was snowed out! I was finally able to perform on March 23, on a beautiful, sunny day.
A recital is pretty much an all-day affair. I went to church in the morning, and then my friend Amity did my hair. She’s my go-to friend anytime I need a fancy hairdo. :) Two friends took me out to lunch, and in the afternoon, I ran through my pieces and practiced trouble spots and took my time getting ready. I gathered everything I needed and headed over to Krannert Hall of Fine Arts a little over an hour before my start time. My family helped set up my reception table while I changed into my dress and warmed up.
5:30 p.m.—show time! I began with the Vitali Chaconne in G minor for Violin and Organ, with Mark X. Hatfield on organ. It’s so fun playing from the organ loft, especially with such a great organist. I next played two pieces by Edward Elgar (Bizarrerie, Op. 13, No. 2, and Virelai, Op. 4, No. 3) given to me by my host family in England when I studied at Harlaxton. I received so many compliments about these charming pieces, and I’m so grateful to Stephen and Veronica for sharing this music with me. Next, Kristin Jones and I played Sonata No. 1 in G Major for Piano and Violin, Op. 78, by Johannes Brahms. We absolutely loved playing this piece; it’s simply gorgeous. I ended my program with Sarasate’s Introduction and Tarantelle, Op. 43, a fun, fast (and rather difficult, I must say) piece. Whew—after an hour of playing, I was finished with this major milestone of my college career.
Performing the chaconne with Mark Hatfield
Performing Virelai with Kristin Jones
After the performance, I greeted the many people who came to watch. I’m so thankful so many friends and family came to see me; it meant a lot. To tell the truth, trying to talk to everyone after the performance was more stressful than actually playing! I knew some people didn’t have time to wait to see me, so I saw as many people as I could, trying to balance thanking them and doing so quickly. And there was cake and punch, of course.
Months of hard work paid off. I could never have done it without my violin professor, Ms. Carol Dallinger, who has guided me and helped me greatly improve over the past four years. I had tons of fun performing! I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
With my violin professor, Ms. Dallinger