The GW Department of Music presented “Camerata Recital” in Phillips Hall during the Presidential Scholars in the Arts (PSA) weekend. PSA weekend ran from Feb. 7-9.
Nearly 20 students from the music department performed in front of the audience on Saturday evening. All of the performers are part of Music Department class, which focuses on performance study curriculum.
“It was exciting to participate,” said performer Kevin Frey. “Being able to do another concert is always a good time!”
“Camerata Recital” is a concert of a mixture of different student performance groups, soloists and jazz performers. There will be five “Camerata Recitals” throughout this semester.
“It was smooth and transitions were tight; it was a really fine representation of our PSA talents here at GW,” said director of bands Benno P. Fritz.
Adding a technological touch to the classical concert, students in Professor Steve Hilmy’s electronic and computer music class shared their video projects to the audience.
“Professor Hilmy does a nice job with the videos; if you want more of that kind of a thing, definitely go to the electronic and music concert at the end of the spring semester,” said Fritz.
A jazz quartet closed the concert with their energetic song “Question&Answer” by Pat Metheny.
“I really enjoy vibes; you don’t see vibes that much in the United States anymore so it was kind of unique and a great way of close the show,” said Fritz.
During the performance, the audience members had a chance to listen to the music of acclaimed composers such as Robert Birch, Franz Doppler, Felix Mendelssohn, Johannes Brahms and Pat Metheny.
“Today, I watched students recognized that they are a diverse department,” said Professor Robert Baker. “This was great because we haven’t been behaving like a diverse department and today we did.”