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The University of La Verne Music Department presented a student recital Thursday May 3 in the Chapel, with five fascinating performances. The program had a mixture of opera and piano music. / photo by Jen Newman

The University of La Verne Music Department presented a student recital Thursday May 3 in the Chapel, with five fascinating performances. The program had a mixture of opera and piano music. / photo by Jen Newman

by Cathy Gastelum
Staff Writer

The University of La Verne Music Department presented a student recital Thursday May 3 in the Chapel, with five fascinating performances. The program had a mixture of opera and piano music.

Senior Khristine Gustilo begun the recital with an opera of C.W. Gluck (1714-1787) titled “O del mio dolce ardor.” Gustilo’s voice mesmerized the audience.

Jason Purvis sophomore voice gave the recital another feeling. Purvis’ deep voice illustrated such passion that his music sounded profound and spiritual. He recited “Star vicino,” an Italian song and “Were you there” a traditional spiritual song when Jesus was resurrected from his death.

Freshman Jasmine Effner and sophomore Derek Wendt mimic one of W. A. Mozart (1756-1791) E Susanna mon vien . . . Dove sono from the marriage of Figaro. Wendt played the piano for Effner a future soprano in opera. Effner’s voice was so powerful that even an elderly lady in the audience was impacted and was awaken by Effner high pitch notes.

Black Harrison recited an opera of Giacomo Carissimi (1605-1674) “Vittoria, mio core!” He calmed the audience down a bit from Effner’s powerful voice of medium tones and few high tones that gave the song a live beat. Shawn Kichner, assistant professor of music, played a song of an old man in a retirement home with the soft classic rhythm of the piano.

There were few spectators in the recital. Senior Isela Martinez thought that the recital “overall it was very good, there was a good variation of everything and different approaches by different artist, they all have a lot of potential and talent.”

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