Spotlight on Performing Artists

The Contemporary Music Concert ushered in this semester's series of the end of the semester arts performances. With a growing number of students involved in instrumental and vocal music at SLU-Madrid, the Music Department organized separate concerts for contemporary and classical music. To open the evening of contemporary music, the University Chorale, directed by Voice Professor Gudrún Ólafsdóttir, performed "Perfect" by Ed Sheeran and "All of Me" by John Stevens. The set that followed included well-known songs such as "Creep" by Radiohead and "The Sound of Music" by Richard Rogers. Featured vocal and saxophone soloists were accompanied by piano and guitar.

At the Final Classical Music Concert, soloists on flute, viola, cello, violin, guitar, piano and voice interpreted a varied repertoire of 18th to 20th century music, which included pieces such as "Military March in G major op. 51" by Franz Schubert and "Pavane pour une infant defunte" by Maurice Ravel. The evening closed with a performance by the University Chorale, accompanied by flute, violins, viola and cello.

SLU-Madrid's Theatre Workshop produced Love and Information, a play written by the British playwright Caryl Churchill. Directed by Cary Barney, the play brings together various scenes which are linked by a common theme, but have no main character or story to tell. Congratulations to all of the dedicated performers: Catherine Barbour, Bailey Belk, Chalmers Benson, Gonzalo de Castro, Jackson Harris, Alexis Herrera, Adam Pesch, Brendan Redfern, Murphy Sharp and Emma Weaver.

Students enrolled in Spanish and Latin Dance also took to the stage for their final performance. Dancers from the Spanish dance and flamenco class opened the evening with a reenactment of La casa de Bernarda Alba. Inspired by Federico García Lorca's famed play, Dance Professor Yolanda Granado choreographed a moving and dramatic dance that left the audience breathless.

Next, Latin dance students performed a spectacular series of dance sequences: tango, bachata, salsa, acrobatic salsa, and more. They also performed an original choreography by Dance Professor María Jesús (Susi) Peces-Barba, to the story of the opera, Carmen la Cubana. The story of Carmen is one of seduction, passion, and death, which was conveyed masterfully by the dancers.

Bravo to all of the outstanding performers!

May 7, 2018
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