By Emma Wilkerson
This past Thursday Grand Rapids Community College Music Department put on their annual Honors Recital at Linn Maxwell Keller Recital Hall.
Kevin Dobreff, GRCC Music Department Program Director, greeted the crowd of friends, students, family and professors telling them to silence their phones and respect the performers right when 3:15 p.m hit.
“I am encouraged by the level of commitment shown by our applied students.” Dobreff said “Talent is an important component for successful musical performance, however, even more important is the level of commitment demonstrated by the students.”
There was a total of 14 performances and a total of 16 honor students selected and nominated by professors to be apart of the recital. Most of the musicians were accompanied by Dr. Kenneth Bos, collaborative pianist.
Starting with a violinist, hearing from cellists, tubists, pianists, a guitarist, sopranos and a mezzo-soprano, and a trio, and a quartet there was a variety of musicians.
The audience heard music selections including ranging from Ludwig van Beethoven to Giacomo Puccini to Jose Luis Merlin.
A GRCC student and member of the crowd Zane Goldsmith, 19, Lowell said, “I am here just to support one of my friends who is in it and just to hear some good music.”
It was evident from the audience point of view that each of the performers had hours of practice preparing for this recital.
GRCC Music Department tubist Isaac Schnicke, 19, Belding, said, regarding the work put into the show, “Going into this performance there were many hours of practice put in both in a lesson format as well as in the practice room, that led to a really nice performance today,” said GRCC Music Department tubist Isaac Schnicke, 19, Belding, “I felt very glad of the outcome.”
Schnicke has been playing the tuba since sixth grade and performed a Ralph Vaughan Williams piece at the recital.
One artist in particular, mezzo-sopranos singer, Tyler Robrets, was so animated and energetic that the crowd went wild when she singled two students in the front row out while singing to them. When she finished “Habanera” by Georges Bizet, one of the students she had sung to, wearing a blue scarf, addressed the crowd saying “fantastic, just fantastic” and he walked right out. The crowd laughed and applauded both the performance and the blue scarf man.