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Students’ Recitals a Labor of Love

Andrea Stock and Karen Fernandez will present their vocal recital on Saturday, April 7.

by Paula Chirinos ‘20

The Hofstra Music Department will present recitals by Andrea Stock ’18 and Karen Fernandez ’18 on Saturday, April 7, and Adrianna Kapusta ’19 and Alexander Burns ’18 on Sunday, April 8. Both recitals begin at 7 p.m. and will take place at The Helene Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center, California Avenue. Admission is free.

The vocal recital by music education majors Andrea Stock and Karen Fernandez will feature accompaniment by percussionists Connor Martin ‘18 and Dylan Newshan ‘18, violinist Paula Chirinos ‘20, clarinetist Kyle Small ’18 and pianist Violetta Zabbi, a music professor at Adelphi University.  Many of the works on the program pay homage to the students’ heritage. Fernandez, a Franklin Square, NY, native will perform a set of Portuguese music. Stock, a resident of Danbury, CT, will sing Arabic pieces in honor of her family’s culture.

The other half of the recital is heavier on Baroque and Romantic pieces. “Karen and I chose the composers we liked best from earlier music and found pieces that we could find connections to,” said Stock. They have selected works by Antonio Vivaldi (Italian Baroque style composer), Joseph Maurice Ravel (French Contemporary composer) and Camille Saint-Saëns (French Romantic style composer).

Both Fernandez and Stock are in the midst of completing student teaching placements and preparing for careers in education after they graduate from Hofstra.

Adrianna Kapusta

Adrianna Kapusta and Alexander Burns will be accompanied by pianist Brianna Brickman ’17. They will perform six classical recital pieces for the violin and double bass. Composers featured in their program include Mozart, Mendelssohn, Bottesini and Koussevitzky.

Kapusta, a junior from Valley Stream, NY, has a double major in psychology and pre-medical studies with a concentration in music. Burns, a senior from Lynbrook, NY, is a music education major. Both are members of Hofstra’s Chamber and Symphonic Orchestra.

“‘The Mendelssohn Concerto’ is one of the first pieces that inspired me to play the violin,” said Kapusta when asked about her choice to include “Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor” in the recital. The popular concerto has been performed by many renowned violinists, including Hilary Hahn and Anne Sophie-Mutter. The first movement is introduced with a powerful violin solo that states the song’s main melody, followed by the orchestra joining with the piece’s theme. It builds up into a cadenza done by the soloist who has freedom to improvise. The unique transitions between each movement and the intricate passages that Mendelssohn wrote in for the violinist make learning this piece an impressive feat for any advanced performer. When Kapusta’s violin instructor, Dr. Alexander Sharpe, proposed that she include this piece in her recital, she said, “it was like a dream come true.”

Alexander Burns

Burns says of the works he is performing: “These are pieces I’ve come to love over my time playing the bass.” One of the songs, the “Koussevitzky Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra,” is performed in a legato style – flowing, with little to no breaks between notes. Burns will also be performing Italian composer Alberto Botessini’s “Reverie and Concerto no 2.”

Both students will also be playing a violin and bass duet arrangement of Bach’s “Concerto for Two Violins.”

After graduating from Hofstra, Kapusta hopes to attend medical school. However, she will continue to perform with community orchestras and work as a private violin teacher. Burns’ future includes graduate school where he plans to pursue a master’s degree for bass performance.

For more information on these and future student recitals, contact the Hofstra Music Department at 516-463-5490.

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