Chelsea Snow performs senior recital at VPAC

Cat Ardes
Arts & Culture Editor

On Saturday, October 19, 2013, Chelsea Snow performed her Senior Recital at the Winter Center’s Biemesderfer Concert Hall on campus. Family, friends, and fellow students could be seen in the audience supporting Snow in her important Senior moment. Snow, a soprano, performed eight songs for the evening in several languages including French, Italian, Latin, and English each from different composers. Assisting Snow on the piano, Derek Martin and Brad Mastrangelo, played all but the final song that Chelsea performed herself in both piano and singing.

Senior, Chelsea Snow, opened her recital with “L’heure Exquise” by Reynaldo Hahn.
Senior, Chelsea Snow, opened her recital with “L’heure Exquise” by Reynaldo Hahn.

Snow began playing piano at the age of 6 with lessons until the age of 13 but took some time off to focus on her choir class in school. Her passion for singing began in 5th grade followed by a realization in middle school that music was her passion and she wanted to continue and to further her education in college. Snow comments on her life as a music business and technology major with a vocal concentration saying, “I practice a few times a week, depending on what I have coming up. I love sharing my music with others and sharing emotions that you might not be able to express besides through music.”
Her first piece, “L’heure Exquise” by Reynaldo Hahn, a Venezuelan composer, conductor, music critic and diarist, was performed in French. Hahn wrote the French classical tradition of the Melodie and became a critic of Le Figaro and directed the Paris Opera.
“La Pastorella sul primo Albore” composed by Antonio Vivaldi was brought to life by Snow for her second piece in Italian. Vivaldi is recognized as being one of the most influential Baroque composers in history. Vivaldi still today ranks among the most popular and widely recorded of Baroque composers.
Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Quia Respexit” performed in Latin was Snow’s third piece. German composer, violist, violinist, organist, and harpsichordist were Back’s achievement and recognitions of the Baroque period. His adaption of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad were from influences in Italy and France. His abilities as an organist were respected throughout Europe in his lifetime but he was not recognized as a talented composer until years after his death in the 19th century.
“The Trees on the Mountain” composed by American Opera Composer, Carlisle Floyd, has many southern influences that brought contemporary nature to his music. This piece derives from “Susannah,” an opera written by Carlisle Floyd with a storyline adapted from Apocryphal tale of Susannah and the Elders.
Snow continued her performance with Jacques Offenbach’s “Elle a fui, la tourterelle!” in French. Offenbach, cellist and impresario of the Romantic period, is known for his 100 operettas and his uncompleted opera “The Tales of Hoffman” that was eventually completed by with versions edited by other musicians.

Chelsea performed her final piece, “Bluebird” by Sara Bareilles on the piano at the VPAC.
Chelsea performed her final piece, “Bluebird” by Sara Bareilles on the piano at the VPAC.

This time, Snow continued her performance in English with “Moonfall” by Rupert Holmes, an American composer, musician, singer-songwriter, and author of plays, novels, and stories who is known for his Tony Award winning musical, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.”
“Fall In” by Esperanza Spalding plays upright bass along with singing jazz melodies. Snow admits “A jazz artist that has been stuck in my head since the first day I heard her” and explains the meaning behind the song “This particular song tells the story of love falling in and out, and the twists and turns that you go through.”
Concluding her recital, Chelsea performed vocals and piano for “Blue Bird” by Sara Bareilles. She describes not only the song but her outlook on her senior recital as “This song is actually about a boy but I find notes of this song relating to the ending of my senior year. Things will come to a close and I will have to fly away.” After bowing to conclude her recital, Snow received applause from the entire audience as she walked off stage to meet her family, friends, and classmates in the lobby.