Lekeitrise Pearl Blunt (2006). Senior Recital Lekeitrise performed her senior recital on April 29, 2006, at the Campus Hall Performance Center. Together with Wagner College junior Laura Woodruff, piano, she presented compositions for soprano voice from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. A special feature of her program was the inclusion of songs by two African-American composers of the twentieth century, William Grant Still’s “Grief” and “Minstrel Man” by Margaret Bonds. Also included was the premiere of “A Woman of Noble Character” by Wagner College adjunct professor Barbara Wesby, which was commissioned in honor of Lekeitrise’s mother Jennie Pearl Blunt for this performance. Also performed were works by Pergolesi, Mozart, Schubert, Ravel, and Normal Dello Joio, as well as an eighteenth-century cantata “Pastorella vaga bella” traditionally attributed to Handel. Research for the recital included extensive study of eighteenth-century performance practice as well as preparation of program notes and translations of the texts, which were in Italian, German, and French, as well as English.

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