‘Athletic’ recital to showcase variety of styles, emotions

‘Athletic’ recital to showcase variety of styles, emotions

Photo contributed.

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Projecting feelings of joy, sorrow and reconciliation, Dara Joy Jaworowicz will present works from Monteverdi, Beethoven, Debussy, Wolf and Mozart in her senior recital on Friday. Jaworowicz will also premier an original composition, accompanied on piano by Nathan Swartzendruber, a senior.

The recital is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Rieth Recital Hall.

“A good portion of the pieces are pretty athletic vocally, and I like to stretch myself,” Jaworowicz said. “On the other hand, it’s very rewarding because it makes performing pieces that aren’t quite so demanding a breeze.”

The atonal characteristics of the Stravinsky piece will provide a contrast in color.

“I don’t know if everyone will like the way they sound,” Jaworowicz said. “But they certainly exemplify the time period they arose out of – the 20th century. I think academically they might interest people.”

Jaworowicz encouraged the audience to listen for the contrasting sounds of three Romantic pieces by Wolf, Tchaikovsky and Schumann.  All three use the same text – a poem by Goethe from his novel “Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship.” The novel is about a hero’s journey of self-realization. The tones in the music range from melancholic, to nostalgic, to despairing, but the text remains the same.

Jaworowicz, a double major in music and Bible and religion, tied the recital together with scripture written in the programs, in order to enhance the audience’s experience. Using the program text as a guide, the audience will encounter joy in story and parable as well as loss and longing.

Beverly Lapp, associate professor of music, will accompany Jaworowicz on the piano for the majority of the performance. Jaworowicz will also sing two ensemble pieces with Andrew Landis and Emily Swora, both seniors.

One of those pieces will be a Senegalese song that she learned on S.S.T. “It will be kind of a way to give my fellow S.S.T. members, Andrew and Emily, a chance to connect with me as vocalists as well as pay homage to our shared experience,” said Jaworowicz.

The Senegalese piece will also feature Grant Bachman, a junior, on djembe. Jaworowicz encouraged anyone who has gone on Senegal S.S.T. to attend in Senegalese clothes.

Admission is free and open to the public.

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Written by Alysha Landis

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