MC students to present senior recitals

MC students to present senior recitals

April 12, 2012
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer

To fulfill one of their final requirements of graduation, three Maryville College music majors will present senior recitals this Spring. Vocalists Jade Watts and Erin Carter will present a joint senior recital on Fri., April 27, while Kevin Krapf will perform on drum set during a jazz recital scheduled for May 4.

Both recitals are free and open to the public and will be held in the Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall of the Clayton Center for the Arts.

Watts and Carter have been best friends for three years.

“When it was time to start planning our senior recitals, we thought together we could accomplish much more musically than we could have in separate recitals,” said Watts, a mezzo-soprano from Murfreesboro who is majoring in music education.

The April 27 concert is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Watts will perform classical pieces by Handel and Granados, selections from Shumann's celebrated song cycle Frauenliebe und -leben, as well as Broadway tunes such as the hit “Don't Cry for Me Argentina.”

Carter, a soprano, is a music major from Knoxville. She will sing several classics, jazz favorites such as “La Vie en Rose,” as well as Broadway hits such as “Goodnight My Someone” from The Music Man.

Peggy Hinkle, a piano and music theory instructor at Pellissippi State Community College, will accompany Watts and Carter on the piano.

“The duets we are doing are beautiful and fun, and we can’t wait to sing them together!” Carter said.

A reception will follow the recital.

Krapf’s May 4 recital will begin at 8 p.m.

The drummer will be accompanied by Will Yager ’11 on bass and Andrew LaPrise on piano. Yager and LaPrise are graduate students who are studying jazz at the University of Tennessee.

“Will and I have played together for almost four years – since I started to play with him in the MC Jazz Band,” Krapf said. “Andrew’s energetic style is a great catalyst in this trio setting, and I am excited to find out what we will create when the pressure is on.”

The program will feature the works of some of the great composers and players of jazz, such as Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and Chick Corea. Selections include Mongo Santamaria’s “Afro Blue,” Miles Davis’ “Solar,” Chick Corea’s “Sicily,” Charlie Parker’s “Bloomdido” and Max Roach’s “For Big Sid.”

“As a growing drum set player, I’ve designed the concert to showcase a variety of styles, feels and genres that the jazz world has to offer,” Krapf said. “The set list is friendly to jazz newcomers and veterans alike. This concert will have something for everyone.”

Krapf, who also is from Murfreesboro, entered the music program at Maryville College with little to no formal musical training or ensemble experience. He started playing the drum set for a rock ‘n’ roll group in high school, and further study of the instrument led him to pursue jazz drumming. Dr. Bill Swann, chair of the division of fine arts and associate professor of music at MC, and Yager encouraged Krapf in his efforts to learn how to play jazz, and instructor Sean Schentz guided him through the more technical aspects of playing the drum set and, more recently, the vibraphone. In the future, he hopes to continue studying jazz percussion and performing with talented musicians.

For more information about either performance, please contact the College’s Division of Fine Arts at 865.981.8150.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,197.