Westmont Faculty Recital highlights professors’ passion for their craft
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Going to a Westmont Faculty Recital is not on most of the to do lists for a Friday night. However, going is a great way to wind down and listen to some of the great talents Westmont has at the school and a great way to showcase the expertise that the professors have to offer their students, whether or not they are music students.
The night started with a hymn, originally written by Pascal Bentoiu, sung by Professor Emil Dorian Cristescu and accompanied by Pascal Salomon on the piano. It was then followed by a sweet melody on piano played again by Salomon, a piece that was originally composed by Claude Debussy, titled “L’isle Joyeuse.” Then, the night transitioned to a symphony by Steve Butler with the Sonos 5 Winds, performed with Andrea Dimaggio on flute, Trey Farrell on oboe, Joanne Kim on clarinet, Andy Radford on bassoon, and John Masson on french horn. Robert Rockabrand, a tenor, followed the symphany with songs from different musicals about love in honor of the beginning of February--or the “month of love.” These songs were about love in all aspects, from the blissfully ignorant beginnings and the consequences of heartbreak. Rockabrand was accompanied by Erin Bonski-Evans on the piano, playing songs from “A Little Night Music” to “Company.” The duo was followed by Professor Steve Hodson on the piano playing “Toccata in E minor, BWV 914,” composed by J. S. Bach. Concluding the night was Han Soo Kim on violin and Bonski-Evans on the piano, once again, playing “Sonatensatz,” a piece that was originally written by Johannes Brahms.
This night was amazing and truly an experience that should be taken advantage of by the students. Noah Johnson describes the night: “The dramatic performances made me feel more connected to the performers and I really realized how talented some of these faculty members are … It’s always deeply impressive when someone can devote themselves to a craft. And the result is nothing short of beauty.” Notably, when Kim started to play, the audience was welcomed into. The audience was carried into a short, playful, yet powerful piece that Kim clearly had a passion for.
Passion and love flowed from the fingers and vocal cords of these professors, something that reflects the amount of dedication they have to their craft and, therefore, to their students. One student in the music department expresses her respect for her teachers, especially since some of the pieces were composed by themselves: “It was incredible to hear my music theory professor’s work performed by such talented faculty members! I feel so lucky to be learning music in such an amazing and vibrant community.” Being able to watch her teachers--people who are guiding her in her musical journey--play with such dedication to their craft inspires her to continue with the same amount of devotion.