And the World Goes On

Last night I sang my first and only Senior Recital. As a Voice Performance major, this is the capstone of my undergraduate education. I can’t believe it’s over! My song selection was thus:

Vivaldi: In furore iustissimae irae (consisting of 3 arias and a recit)

Faure: 4 Songs, Op. 51 – Larmes, Au Cimetiere, Spleen

Verdi: Addio del passato from La Traviata

Whitacre: 5 Hebrew Love Songs – Temuna, Kala Kalla, Larov, Eyse Sheleg, Rakut

Hoiby: Jabberwocky, always it’s Spring, The Serpent

It went really well. I made mistakes, of course. We always do, but no one in my audience could tell, which is a miracle. My friends described it as fantastic, exquisite, invigorating, wonderfully eclectic, brava.

But the real hero of my recital is not me. It is my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. There were so many things that could have gone wrong. I could have gotten sick (a visitor staying in my room recently had a cold). I could have totally forgotten my music (it’s happened in rehearsal…). And when I made mistakes they could have been big, fat, and ugly (but no one even caught my mistakes). I was really hoping for a good crowd, and lo and behold, God allowed me to have a decent-sized (and very responsive) audience. There are so many other things that God prepared in advance so my recital could go well – my voice teacher, my accompanist, my formal, giving me a voice in the first place. God is so good. 

Bleeding Out and Recitals

I gave blood last night as planned. I was done in about 5 minutes. (Note to self: Don’t ever majorly cut yourself because you’ll bleed out really quickly :/) After that I chilled for a while and then went to see a friend.

Do you have any idea how hard it is to plan a senior recital? It’s hard. You get 50 minutes in which to “show off,” regardless of whether that is too much or too little time. When you first think about it 50 minutes seem like a long time. And then you start planning and finding pieces and buying music. And you realize that an hour and a half would be such a blessing! But such is life. And someday I won’t have to limit myself to 50 minutes. 🙂

Opera again tonight. This will be the middle of our 3 runs. I wonder if there’s anywhere I can go to actually watch the thing…