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Soiree XIV: Baroque Jewels will feature Cameron University piano and vocal students

Cameron University piano students will demonstrate their keyboard prowess during Soiree VIX: Baroque Jewels, performing as both soloists and accompanists in a recital that will allow pianists, vocalists and other musicians to shine. Soiree XIV: Baroque Jewels is slated for Tuesday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the McCutcheon Recital Hall.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for senior/military/non-Cameron students. CU students, faculty and staff are admitted free with CU I.D. To order tickets, visit https://www.cameron.edu/art-music-and-theatre/events/buy-tickets or call the box office at 580-581-2346.

The recital will feature an all-baroque program. Pianists Chelsea Mitchell, Cache; and Alencia Anderson, Brittany Dabbs, Lillie Hodgson, and Gina Staffieri, Lawton; will each play a solo sonata by Domenico Scarlatti and will also be joined by their colleagues to perform works by J.S. Bach, Handel, Purcell and Pergolesi.

Vocalists appearing will be Sophia Avila, Samantha Cook, Kristin Dunn, Emmalee Hamilton, all of Lawton. Also performing will be cellist Susan Morren, Norman; Will Magee, Lawton, on marimba, and Jeremiah Phillips, Lawton, on trumpet.

“Domenico Scarlatti was a virtuoso keyboard player who wrote over 600 sonatas,” says Dr. Hyunsoon Whang. “I wanted our piano students to have the opportunity to learn his exquisite sonatas by playing them and hearing their colleagues play them.”

The students have been rehearsing individually and with their partners, as well as being coached by Dr. Whang, Dr. Christian Morren, and adjunct professor Danielle Angeloni.

“Chamber music has been popular since the classical era as a way of making music together and socializing in an intimate setting by a small group of people, anywhere between 2-8,” Whang says. “This is a great opportunity for our students to develop ensemble skills as well as people skills.”

The recital will start with soprano Emmalee Hamilton and accompanist Lillie Hodgson presenting J.S. Bach’s “Mein Glaubiges Herze (My Heart Ever Faithful).” Chelsea Mitchell will follow with “Sonata in E Major,” the first of the Scarlatti sonatas to be performed. Soprano Samantha Cook will be accompanied by Alencia Anderson on “Lascia chi’o pianga” from Handel’s “Rinaldo,” followed by Gina Staffieri playing “Sonata in D Major.” Cellist Susan Morren and Will Magee on marimba will perform “Ave Maria” by Bach/Gounod, then Brittany Dabbs will play “Sonata in C Major.” Soprano Kirstin Dunn, accompanied by Mitchell, will present “Stizzozo” from Pergolesi’s “La Serva Padrona,” followed by Anderson performing “Sonata in D Minor.” Soprano Sophia Avila will sing Purcell’s “What Can We Poor Females Do” accompanied by Dabbs, and Hodgson will play “Sonata in D Minor.” The recital will conclude with Cook performing “Let the Bright Seraphim” from Handel’s “Sampson.” She will be accompanied by Staffieri on piano and Jeremiah Phillips on trumpet.



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