Two Recitals, Two Musicians, One Amazing Weekend
This Saturday, there are two amazing recitals happening by two even more amazing students: Kathryn Stiadle '16 performing her sophomore flute recital and Tom Carle '14, a tenor performing his senior voice recital. These are once-in-a-lifetime events you won't want to miss simply because of the sheer talent you'll hear. I had the chance to talk with both musicians and ask them a few questions about their upcoming spotlight performances.
Performing first at 2:30PM in the afternoon is Kathryn Stiadle in her featured Sophomore Flute Re-Stiadle (like "recital"... but not. It's a great marketing pun she's been using if you ask me).
What composers are you playing works from in your recital?
I'll be performing works from Fauré, Gluck, Rudder, Schocker, and Saint-Saëns.
Is there anything about the process for or culmination of this recital that you're particularly excited about?
I'm mostly excited for the fact that I've worked through the difficulties of [playing with] my hand because I though that the recital might not be a possibility for me and also that I'm able to share the product of all of the work that I've done for this recital.
Do you have a favorite piece you're performing in your recital?
The [piece by] Rudder is my favorite, I've performed it so many times already and it also [my accompanist] Professor Potter's favorite.
There will be a reception featuring fudge following the recital so hopefully that will tide you over until 7:30PM that evening where you will have the privilege of listening to Tom Carle in his last major performance of his Bucknell career in his senior voice recital.
Who are some of the composers you're performing works from that you're especially excited about?
I'm particularly excited about "An die verne geliebte", a work by Beethoven,I performed in January at the Beethoven Festival. It's known as the first lieder cycle. I'm also excited to perform a set of different composers' takes on the "Mandoline" poem [by Paul Verlaine]. Debussy, Fauré, and DuPont all treat the text in completely different ways.
Is there any aspect of the recital or the process or culmination of the recital that you're excited to have done? How do you feel about your recital in a few days, especially since it's your senior recital?"
This year has been especially hard. I auditioned for graduate schools, performed as Tamino in The Magic Flute, and learned my entire recital in the span of about three months. Meanwhile, I fulfilled all my other academic obligations on campus. I'm more than ready for things to settle down a bit, but I know when the concert is over, it will be bittersweet. I really will miss my time here and the people I have met.
Who's going to be accompanying you in your performance?
Sezi Seskir will accompany the Beethoven and David cover will accompany the rest.
Any last thoughts or remarks for the readers?
The only thing I could say to convince people to come: singing is meant to be enjoyed live. It completely changes the experience. Especially classical singing. You can literally feel the music if the performer hits a particularly electrifying note. It's absolutely incredible. People who think opera is unrelatable change their minds the second they enter the theater. I mean there is a reason the art form has been so popular for more than 300 years!
Truer words have never been spoken… but actually. Following the recital, you'll be able to speak to the wise man that spoke those words at his reception.
Both of these recitals are not to be missed. I honestly believe that these two students are part of the best musical talent and skill that we have on our campus and I'm so glad I've gotten to know them. Please come out and support these two in their hard work and endeavors, it's a great way to spend even just this little part of your weekend. If anything, you can feel fancy and cultured as… well, you know… walking out the recitals saying you spent a classy afternoon and evening listening to fine music. It'll be worth every second.