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“How to Be a Person”

Allie Remis
Arts & Culture Editor

Samuel Kelly and Jeremy Hammer performed in a joint junior recital Sunday, April 26 at 4:30 p.m. titled: ‘How To Be A Person.’ They carried this humor and purpose throughout the entire performance, even through the hilarious and well planned out encore. Besides Kelly and Hammer, the recital featured Lilian Noble, Zachary Beard, Greg Kniess, Rachel Ficca, Rick Ferrarelli, Hayden Delia, Matt Woodson, Luke Helker, Zachary Terrazas and The Big Fat Meanies.

Jeremy Hammer performs at his Junior Recital (Allie Remis/Snapper)
Jeremy Hammer performs at his Junior Recital (Allie Remis/Snapper)

Hammer started off the recital by singing classical works like “Lord God of Abraham,” by Felix Mendelssohn from Elijah., “Più saga e vezzosetta” by Giovanni Bononcini, and “Mattinata” by Ruggero Leoncavallo.
Kelly then came onstage carrying his upright bass and played “The Elephant” by Camille Saint-Saëns. Kelly casually talked to the audience and even invited us to sing along to “Hello Goodbye” by Paul McCartney which he dedicated to his family and girlfriend. Hammer then came back onstage to sing “Que l’heure est donc brève” by Jules Massenet and “La maison grise” by André Messager.
After a short intermission, a large group of students came onstage to perform “Summer” by Antonio Vivaldi before Hammer sang the song cycle “Dichterliebe” which included “Im Rhein, Im heilegen Strome,” “Hör, Ich das Liedchen klingen” and “Ich grolle nicht.”

The Big Fat Meanies performed during the encore featuring Jeremy Hammer. (Allie Remis/Snapper)
The Big Fat Meanies performed during the encore featuring Jeremy Hammer. (Allie Remis/Snapper)

Kelly came back onstage to perform Bach’s “Cello Suite No.1 in G Major” which included “Sarabande,” “Minuet I,” Minuet II” and “Gigue.” Kelly admitted that this was not the style of music he had originally wanted to play. He said his teacher told him he had to play a classical piece and he said, “absolutely not” but then he found he really liked this cello suite by Bach. The last song performed was “Quiet” by Jonathan Reid Gealt, after which Kelly and Hammer thanked everyone for coming and said exited the stage while the projector screen mysteriously started coming down.
The lights went off and a video started playing that showed Kelly and Hammer relaxing backstage until they were summoned to call the Big Fat Meanies and get on stage. The video ended and Kelly and Hammer came back onstage while wearing Hawaiian shirts and followed by the Big Fat Meanies. The group performed two surprise songs and then received a standing ovation.

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