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Performing Arts students ready weekend 'Rush of Recitals'

The end of the spring semester is show time for performing arts students at Alfred University (AU). The extended weekend of Thursday, May 1 through Sunday, May 4 will feature four separate and distinctive student recitals. All programs are open to the public admission-free. 

The “Rush of Recitals” kicks off May 1 at 5:30 p.m. in Susan Howell Hall with Mark Anderson of Granby, CT; Allison Burrell of Corning; Rebecca Hayes of Islandia; Lydia Prabucki of Buffalo; and Nathan Wood from Glen Rock, PA, presenting a recital of musical theater songs and duets.  Accompanied by Patricia Wiggers, the singers are students of Dr. Luanne Crosby, professor of voice and chorus, and Rebecca Weaver Hamm, adjunct instructor in music.  The recital will include selections from “Avenue Q;”Kiss Me, Kate;” “Sweeney Todd;” and “The Producers.

The second program in the recital series takes place on Saturday, May 3 at 3 p.m. in Susan Howell Hall and features singers and pianists.  Accompanied by Janice Phelps and Bo Pang, the singers include O.J. Shepard from Rochester; Prabucki, Lauren Bailey from Bogart, GA; Kasey Hall of Bath; Katherine Harrison of Kensington, CT; Elaine Temple-Kalinowski of Hauppauge; Kaitlyn Tepper from Clifton Park; Jacob Arduino of Highland; Julia Duncan from Maplewood, NJ; Emily Smith of Canisteo; Nathaniel Yard from Quakertown, PA; J.J. Davis of DeWitt; and Jessica Antrobus from Orange Village, Ohio.  The singers are students of Kelly Perkins, adjunct instructor in music; Crosby; and Weaver. Wanrui He and Seong Weon Lee, both students of Eugenia Meltzer, adjunct instructor in music, will perform solos for piano.

Sunday, May 4 at 3 p.m. marks the next recital, this time in Miller Theater. The performance begins with the Guzheng (Chinese zither) Ensemble under the direction of Daisey Wu of the Confucius Institute at AU.  The program also features singers Burell and Anderson, pianists Tomer Arnon of Palo Alto, CA; Ashley Frackenberger from Depew; and Hayes; Robert Locker of Corning on trumpet; and Maxwell Mustardo from Pittstown, NJ on electric bass. These students studied with Dr. Christopher Foster, associate professor of music/director of bands; Meltzer; Peter O’Connor, dance accompanist; Amanda Robbins, adjunct music instructor; and Weaver.

Finally, senior theater major, Holly Durand of Schenectady will present her senior recital at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 4 in Susan Howell Hall.  The program features Durand’s favorite composers - mainly from musical theater - and many of her friends.  Accompanied by Bo Pang, Durand will perform solos, duets, and trios with Liam Maillaro of Floral Park; Bellisant Corcoran-Mathe from Kendall; Hayes; Antrobus; and Nick Labate of Middleburg Heights, Ohio.