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Senior music recital showcases top-tier musicianship

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This last weekend, audiences came together to watch the senior recital of two of Westmont’s finest musicians; Mirah Ray and Jezreel Real are both music majors at Westmont College getting ready to graduate in the spring. Their time at Westmont team to repeat this last weekend during their senior recitals. Both of the recitals were incredible and really showed the top-tier musicianship of both of these students at work so hard to acquire. Westmont is lucky to have such talented and promising musicians in their program. The recitals were both incredible and extraordinary, yet extremely different from each other. With Real’s performance featuring his own original compositions and Ray’s performance featuring more of her own style of playing, both of these performances display the real talent and showmanship from two incredible students.
For the first recital of the day, Ray played from three pieces:
Henri Vieuxtemps: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Minor, Op. 37, I. Allegro non troppo
César Franck: Sonata for Piano and Violin. Allegretto Moderato Allegro
Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas and Partitas. Adagio, Fuga, Allegro
Ray’s performance was breathtaking, her incredible talent and vivacious onstage presence had audience swooning. The music was beautiful and her passion for violin was clear as she really embodied each piece that she performed. Ray captivated the audience, who felt compelled to mirror the immense emotion and passion she put into every note. It really was an incredible experience for everybody who was lucky enough to see her perform in person. It is clear that Mirah Ray has a great future ahead of her.
For Real’s recital, all of his pieces were original compositions that he created throughout his time at Westmont:
Kyrie (Spring 2019)
Caged Bird (Fall 2015)
District 7 (Spring 2017)
Suite for Two Bassoons (Spring 2018)
Garçons à Paris (Spring 2018)
Melancholy (Spring 2018)
Road Trip (Fall 2018)
String Quartet No. 1 in G Minor (Spring 2017 - Spring 2019)
Flight (Fall 2017)
Real’s recital was also spectacular to see, and a lot of fun to attend. Real’s compositions covered a huge spectrum of instruments, genre, tone, and complexity. Everybody in the audience was involved, and the environment felt warm and fun. Real’s incredible skill was also featured in his recital, and audiences could tell that he has incredible talent in both composition and performance. The kind of talent that this recital featured was really something very special, it was made clear that Real has a uniquely impressive gift. The recital was a spectacle in incredible musicianship which held a true passion for it as well.


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