Graduate Student Musicale, April 11

On April 21, 2014 by Grad Forum

Adrienne Perkins plays the clarinet, accompanied by Scott Smedinghoff on the piano.

On April 11, the Graduate Studies Activities Coordinator Henry Paige, in collaboration with the Graduate Student Council and the Department of Music, organized the Graduate Student Musicale, the concluding event of Graduate Appreciation Week. The event, held at the Faulkner Auditorium in the Hopkins Center for the Arts, showcased an impressive array of musical talent by graduate students from various programs. Paige was the master of ceremonies for the evening.

Nicholas Graham (Master of Arts in Liberal Studies), accompanied by Justin Richardson (Department of Earth Sciences) on the piano, started the event off with high-spirited renditions of songs by Amy Winehouse and The Beatles. Graham later impressed the audience with a dramatic clarinet performance of Luigi Bassi’s “Fantasy on Themes from Rigoletto by Guiseppe Verdi.”

Adrienne Perkins (Department of Biology) followed with an enchanting and graceful rendering of Mozart’s “Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622, Rondo: Allegro.” Olivia Kang (Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences) showcased her operatic vocal skills with a poignant delivery of “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” from the Rodgers and Hart musical Pal Joey (1940), and Francis Poulenc’s “Les chemins de l’amour” (1940).

Next, Vineetha Paruchuri (Department of Computer Science), along with Rebecca Shapiro (Computer Science) on the ukulele, sang Jason Mraz’s upbeat song, “I’m Yours” (2008). Chelsea Vario (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) then joined Seth Cohen (Department of Physics and Astronomy) for a romantic duet, “I’d Give It All For You,” from Jason Brown’s Songs For a New World (1995). Megan Martinez (Department of Mathematics) exhibited her proficiency in flute playing with an elegant rendition of Poem (1918) by Charles Griffes. Scott Smedinghoff (Department of Mathematics) deserves a special mention for masterfully providing piano accompaniment to several of the evening’s performers.

The Rasta Chewie Collective entertained the audience next. Chewie lead vocalist Austin Boesch (Thayer) joined guitarist Adam Glaser (Thayer) for a light-hearted rendition of Jack Johnson’s “Flake.” Next, Boesch and Lisa Jackson (The Dartmouth Institute) added a folk-indie touch to the evening by singing “The Universe is Laughing” (The Guggenheim Grotto, 2010), with ukulelist Shapiro accompanying. Vario’s band, Green Room, brought the event to a close with an entertaining performance that included an original composition, “Easy” (recorded live, 2013), and Phish’s “Chalk Dust Torture” (1994).

The Musicale performers played and sang to a packed house. It was a resounding success! The Graduate Forum congratulates all the gifted and accomplished performers, and hopes to see this event become an annual tradition in future.

by Meg Menon

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