Faculty to present sweet suites

Rebecca Hovan, a flute instructor, and Christine Seitz, a pianist and assistant professor of music, will present a recital in Rieth Recital Hall on Saturday, January 17 at 7:30 p.m. The recital is entitled “Suite Treats” and is a compilation of suites of various styles and time periods. A suite is a collection of dance movements.

The musicians will open with “Suite in A minor” by Geoge Philip Telemann, a piece from the Baroque period (1600-1750), out of which the musical genre of suites arose.

Next on the program is John Rutter’s “Suite Antique.” According to Hovan, the suite “uses several historical titles for the movements, but the music is infused with more modern styles and sounds.”

The recital will conclude with two French pieces from the Romantic period (late 1800s): Henri Busser’s “Petite Suite” and Charles Widor’s “Suite, Op. 34.” The two pieces contrast with each other, as the Busser is light in character, while the Widor is virtuosic and very romantic in style.

Hovan and Seitz have been collaborating for over 12 years. They perform together each year in recitals at GC and Indiana University of South Bend, where Hovan also teaches. Hovan believes the friendship that she and Seitz have developed over the years is a large contributing factor to the high quality of music they are able to create together.

“I encourage people to come and enjoy the beauty of music with us,” said Hovan. “We are truly blessed when we can share that experience with others.”

Goshen College students are admitted free with their student ID.  Additional tickets are available at the door one hour before the recital: $7 for adults and $5 for seniors/students.

Alysha Landis
Written by Alysha Landis

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