Thursday, May 30, 2024

Gallery Concert Series returns

By Daniela Raymond

The clean notes of the piano blend to perfection with the singer’s voices, filling the Myers Lobby Gallery, Friday April 1 at the Gallery Concert.  

The concert has been a long-standing tradition throughout past semesters. This show allows seniors to display their years of efforts in the music program. 

The spring 2022 concert included senior vocalists, Vannessa Kwok, Journey Myricks, Miranda Vele and Mason Barber, joined by accompanist Karen Becker. 

Journey Myricks, a double major in music and music arts management, gave an elegant performance, giving the audience a glimpse of her senior recital performed Sunday. Myricks performed two pieces, the first “Se tu m’ami,” an Italian piece composed by Alessandro Parisotti. In this song, the composer writes about a woman who explains to her young boy lover that she cannot only love him alone. Myricks graceful performance embodied her years of experience. This performance was particularly unique being that it is one of her last as a senior. 

“I haven’t had many opportunities to perform because I am also on the track team,” Myricks said. “This is one of my first solo performances here, I really feel like my career here has come full circle.” 

Many of the songs performed by the students had significant meanings to them, Miranda Velez a music major and theater minor performed, “ I Feel Pretty” from the renowned play “West Side Story.” She tackled this piece with enthusiasm and theatrics bringing the piece alive.  

“This song has always meant a lot to me, growing up Puerto Rican I’ve always felt connected to the story of this musical,” Velez said. “My family also loves this play and I always have so much fun performing it.” 

Velez was excited to give a preview of her performance at the Senior recitals, the biggest performance for many Music majors during their college careers. 

While these performances were significant to these singers, many of the audience members had special connections to the students, as this was one of their last performances, they were able to see these students grow into sophisticated adults.  

Joe Ellen Miano, many of the performers’ former adviser, felt especially passionate about this event. 

“I was thrilled to be able to hear them from when they were first Freshman, and the magnificent growth they’ve made,” Miano said. “Individually the beauty, personality, and the maturation of them as students was amazing to see, you could hear the humanity through their singing.”

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