UWG scholars shine at Wright Recital

The Wright Scholars Recital is a special concert where only the best musicians with minors or majors in music from UWG get to show off their talent. It will happen on Monday, Feb. 16 at 8:15p.m.in Cashen Hall 101 in the Humanities building.

“They’re all music majors and have to be recommended by their teachers,” Dr. Hibbard, professor of music, stated when asked who is involved with the concert. The teachers watch the students audition then vote on the ones that stood out to them. All of the pieces performed are from classical composers such as Bach, Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven to name a few.

There will be performances by the nine talented musicians that were voted in. These include performances on the piano, marimba, saxophone and voice. Some will perform more than once as accompanists for the singers. I had the chance to sit down with two performers: Gabby Beteag, who will sing soprano, and Justin Tarver, who will play the piano.

Beteag, a performance major with a concentration in voice, is ecstatic to be able to sing “Deh vieni, non tardar” from Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart.

“I’ve been working on this piece all semester last semester, and I performed it at a competition, and I will be performing it for my recital in April,” Beteag said.

Pianist Bernie Wong will accompany her. Beteag will also perform at the Opera Workshop at UWG, and she plans to perform at the Honors Day Recital on March 31.

Tarver, a piano major with emphasis on pedagogy, is excited to play Chopin’s Nocturne in C# minor, Op. 27, No.1.

“I’ve been working on this piece since August 2014 with Dr. Gingerich, and it’s one of my favorite pieces by Chopin,” Tarver said. “I’ve only been playing for five years, but I love playing piano.”

Tarver will also accompany tenor singer Zadarian Thomas during the performance of “Du bist wie eine Blume” by Schumann. Tarver also plans to perform at the Honors Day Recital, which will occur March 31.

Anyone can find information about the recital online at music.westga.edu or outside in the lobby of the Humanities building.

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