Wednesday, April 6, 2016

A MTSU Senior Recital

~Music can change the world because it can change people. 


On April 5, 2016, my youngest son, Dustin McGaha's musical work at Middle Tennessee State University was summarized in one hour.  That's right, one hour. How do you fit all of the work of a Bachelor's degree in Musical Performance into one hour? Below are some sound bits from the night.

Recital Program 4/5/16

Dustin's first piece of music was Bach's Prelude and Fugue in EB Major, WTC Book II followed by Beethoven's Sonata Op. 10 No. 1 in C Minor, I. Allegro molto e con brio, II. Adagio molto, III. Pretissimo. Here is a clip from Part I.

The Beethoven piece was his longest piece of music, so after completing it, there was a brief intermission.  The next piece was Chopin's energizing Fantasie -Impromptu, Op. 66.

He followed up with Bolcom's Graceful Ghost Rag.  Then, to round out the evening, Dustin's final two songs were jazzed up in a trio with his friend and drum instructor, Jed Smith, and friend, Tyler Enslow on the bass. Setting the mood with Cole Porter's Night and Day followed by the final song (below) by Sammy Cahn (arr. Oscar Peterson),  Saturday Night (is the Loneliest Night of the Week)


Hence, the culmination of  five years of work in one, extraordinary hour.  Needless to say, this is one proud mom! :)

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