Anthony Babino (2009) – Senior Recital
Guitarist and lyric baritone Anthony Babino performed his senior recital on April 17, 2009. The recital showcased a wide range of musical styles, with Anthony performing works on both guitar and voice in the classical, jazz, folk, and pop/rock styles. In preparing the recital program, much effort and research went into text translation, as well as the compilation of background information on the various composers and their respective works. Accompanied by Assistant Professor Joyce Chung on piano, the recital began with a performance of five selections from Franz Schubert’s song cycle Die schöne Müllerin. Study of this work included learning about historical performance practice in the Romantic period, and analysis of the work, as well as an intense study of the German language. Anthony then performed two pieces for solo guitar, “Adelita” by Francisco Tárrega and Prelude no. 4 in E Minor by Heitor Villa-Lobos. The first half concluded with a performance of two Neapolitan songs, “Anema e core” by Salve d’Esposito, and Toto’s “Mala Femmena,” in which Anthony accompanied himself on the guitar and was joined by his brother Steven on bass.
Following a brief intermission, Anthony was accompanied on stage by his guitar teacher Edward Brown (guitar), Jon Caro (guitar), and Steven Babino (bass) in an arrangement of Sal Salvador’s jazz guitar duet “Walkin’ Time.” Two jazz standards, “All of Me” and “It’s Only A Paper Moon,” took shape as the configuration of musicians changed over to Anthony (guitar), Steven (bass), Dr. Robert Delfausse (piano), Jeff Lederer (saxophone), and Anthony’s dad Tony (drums). Daniel Gallagher (guitar) then joined the group to perform two of Anthony’s original compositions, “How She Does It” and “Melancholy Feeling,” both featured on his upcoming debut album. The recital concluded with two Beatles classics, “I’ll Be Back” and “This Boy.” The latter featured a familial trio performance by Anthony (guitar), Steven (bass), and Tony (guitar), performing in close three-part vocal harmony.