Enjoy the beautiful sounds of music that will fill your heart and lighten your step at the Noon Recitals held at the Yuba College Theatre. Student performers sing and/or play instruments during these recitals. It is an enjoyable experience to witness such talent and the music has a calming, stress relieving effect.
The first student to perform is a young women by the name of Taeler Khan and her singing is absolutely breathtaking. She sang a song called “Das Veilchen,” written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The song was about a violet wanting to be picked by a beautiful girl.
Another student with an amazing voice is Kristine Xiong. She sang “Tu lo sai,” by GiuseppeTorelli, a song about unrequited love.
The very Brian Bagett received a shouting round of applause for his song called “Vittoria, Mio Core!”
“Andante II,” written by Fernando Sor and “Maleguena,” by Ernesto Leuona were both classical guitar pieces played by Tim MacLaughlin. “Pavane” and “Cantilena” were 2 movements from “Windows,” by Peter Schicklea. These were performed by Christopher Howard on the clarinet and Robert Matthews on the classical guitar.
A piano piece, “Sonatina in C Major” first movement by Friedrich Kuhlau was played by Mey Saechao, and another beautiful piece called “Heart We Will Forget Him” from “Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson” by Aaron Copeland was sung by Joalea Huhtala.
The Noon Recitals were started in 2003 to give solo and group performances an outlet to perform since there was none previously available. Robert Matthews, a music professor and the host of the event said, “It’s such a pleasure to share the talent of our students, staff and faculty with the community. We’re lucky to have such a talented staff accompanist, Dr. Cara Herrick, this year. She has to play a lot of really difficult music, and she plays it all really well,” Matthews exclaimed. He stated that Herrick put a lot of time and effort into learning these challenging songs for many of these performances.
-These Noon recitals are not only helpful to the students performing them, but the students in the audience as well because ,many professors offer extra credit for attending. Matthews shared the importance for the performers.
“This kind of recital is an important experience for the music majors. For most of them, this is the first time dipping their toe into performing as a soloist. Karla Hyatt is a Yuba College graduate who performed at the Tuesday Noon series two years ago. She’s now a music major at Chico State University. On November 4th, Yuko McWhorter, another Yuba College graduate studying music in Chico, and I accompanied Karla on classical guitars for her solo recital in Chico. Even when the students move on, they don’t forget where they got their start.”
The next Noon Recital will be held on December 7, 2010 in the theatre at 12 o’clock. It is a wonderfully relaxing experience and all students are encouraged to attend.