October 18, 2013
Soprano celebrates 'last hurrah'Stacey Geyer will perform her senior voice recital on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. in Stretansky Concert Hall.
Geyer, a senior soprano and a vocal performance major, will sing a variety of classical pieces during her show.
"I'm kind of grasping that this is my senior recital," Geyer said. "It was weird enough when it was my junior recital. Now it's like the last hurrah."
Geyer described the six sets she will be singing as a mixture of arias and excerpts from operas.
The sets will be in "all the major languages," Geyer said, including English, German, Italian, French and Latin.
Geyer's first set will be "O qui coeli terraeque serenitas" by Antonio Vivaldi. She described the four-movement set as a sacred text that praises God.
Lauren Flynn, who Geyer described as her best friend, will accompany Geyer on the piano during a set by Franz Schubert and on the harp during the French set by André Caplet.
On their relationship and this performance, Geyer said, "We haven't really worked together a lot during our four years, so we made sure to do it this time."
The English set that Geyer will perform is titled "Though Love Be A Day" by Gwyneth Walker. While the original set has five movements, Geyer will only perform four movements, skipping the fourth song.
Geyer said that the first four movements of the set were written around poems by E. E. Cummings and that Walker herself wrote the fifth poem of the set.
"It was really interesting how [Walker] put it together," Geyer said. The first and final songs, she said, are slow and tied into the third song, while the second and fourth movements are lighter.
Geyer said that Associate Professor of Music Nina Tober had been especially helpful in preparing for her recital.
She said that Tober had been her primary vocal teacher since freshman year and had taught her about the artistry in music, not just how to sing the notes.
"She's a true artist," Geyer said of Tober, "and she teaches artistry very masterfully. I immensely respect her and have enjoyed working with her."
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