Leslee Smucker, a senior violin performance major, will present her senior recital on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Rieth Recital Hall. Chara Sonntag will provide piano accompaniment.
Smucker began taking lessons at age seven, and by fifth grade began studying with Lon Sherer, former professor of music at Goshen College. In her senior year of high school Smucker began studying with her current violin instructor, Solomia Soroka, an assistant professor of music at Goshen College.
Smucker’s recital program consists of a wide range of pieces, from the Baroque era “Sonata No. 1 in G Minor: Adagio and Fugue” by J.S. Bach, to the sounds of the Romantic era in “Caprice No. 23” by Paganini.
Smucker will also perform “Concerto No. 1 in D Minor: Adante and Scherzo” by the Russian composer Prokofiev. Following a brief intermission, Smucker will end the performance with the chamber music “Sonata No. 1 in F Major for Violin and Piano” by Edvard Grieg.
Smucker said she looks forward to the second half of the concert. Grieg’s “Sonata No. 1 in F Major,” written in 1865, is newer to Smucker’s repertoire. Grieg often incorporates folk tunes and rhythms which reflect back to his own Norwegian and Danish roots.