Katherine_Burns_2009

Katherine (Kate) Burns (2009): Senior Recital Kate performed her senior recital on April 25, 2009 in the Campus Hall Performance Center. With faculty member Joyce Chung at the piano, she performed examples of various genres and styles, including classical works, African-American spirituals, and ballads from twentieth-century musical theater. She opened her program with two arias from sacred works by J. S. Bach, “Quia respexit” and “Mein gläubiges Herze”. Three Fauré songs and a concert aria by Mozart filled out the first half of her program. Kate also performed John Carter’s Cantata, a setting of four traditional spirituals. A composition student of Barbara Wesby, she performed two original works, the first a programmatic minimalist piece for two pianos featuring Kate and Barbara Wesby at the piano. Her second composition, “Curtain Call for Three Voices,” won the 2009 Stanley Drama Award in Composition. Mae Deevy ‘09 and Caitlin Ferchaw ‘11 joined Kate to perform the latter. The program ended with selections from The Scarlet Pimpernel and Songs for a New World. In the latter, Katherine accompanied herself on piano and was joined by the a cappella ensemble Vocal Synergy, which she founded and directs. Research for the recital included study of Baroque performance practice and preparation of program notes and texts in Italian, French, German, and Latin.