Soprano Kayla Klase had her senior voice recital on Saturday, March 29, 2014 in Biemesderfer Concert Hall in the Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center at one-thirty in the afternoon. She sang twelve selections, with both theatrical and classical pieces, with piano accompaniment by Joan Allen. Her first two songs were duets from “Hansel und Gretel” that she performed with fellow soprano and Millersville University professor, Kristin Sims. Ms. Sims even donned a choir vest to act her part as Hansel. The first song was called “Brother come and dance with me” and involved choreography that kept the whole crowd laughing. The second song was called “When at night I go to sleep” and was slower and more somber but with ringing high notes.
Then Sims exited the stage and Kayla sang three songs by herself. She started out with her hand on the piano in a reflective and happy emotion for “An die Nachtigall” but had a more somber expression for the song “Grethchen am Spinnrade”. For the song “Chi il bel sogno di Doretta” from “La Rondine” she moved farther away from the piano as she expressed the song through her body and voice. This composition by Giacomo Puccini is in the Verismo style of opera and had high swells of notes. Next, she sang a duet with tenor Brenten Megee called “O soave fanciulla” from “La Bohéme”, another work by Puccini. The style of this piece is conversational in which they show this in their body language walking off stage arm in arm at the end as they exit for intermission. Megee and Klase sang the last few cascading notes of the song as they approached the stage exit.
After intermission, Kayla sang “Summertime” and “My Man’s Gone Now” from “Porgy and Bess” which is a musical by George Gershwin. “Summertime” had a jazzier and relaxed feel than the heavily emotional song that followed. “My Man’s Gone Now” showed off her wide vocal range as she expressed the emotion of a woman mourning the loss of her husband. Next she sang “Simple Song” from “Mass” and “Where, Oh Where” from “Out of This World”. The song “Where, Oh Where” has romantic lyrics about trying to find love. This made for a memorable moment at the end of the song when Kayla turned around to look at her fiancé Shaun who was on stage turning pages for the accompanist as they gazed at each other.
For the next song, “Point of No Return” from “Phantom of the Opera”, Brenten Megee came back for another duet. They have a lot of movement during this piece as they express the climatic moment where this song takes place in the musical. Her final song on the program was “Gimme, Gimme” from “Thoroughly Modern Millie” with vocals that built toward the end with arm gestures as the official finale. After this song however, Kayla called four of her friends to the stage to sing “Run to You” by Pentatonix. This acapella song sung by Kayla and her friends while holding black binders added contemporary music variety to the operatic compositions of her recital. As she took a final bow and exited the stage, the audience gave Kayla a standing ovation.