Vocal concert showcasing this fall’s musical talent

By Sable Stevens

The Charles Lindsley Concert

Rating: *** (out of 4)

The music department’s first special event of the fall season
showcased student, faculty and alumni performances in the music
recital hall last Thursday.

“Anything Goes” was the title of The Charles Lindsley memorial
concert this year in remembrance of the late music professor. The
concert is a fundraiser for the Charles E.

Lindsley vocal scholarship, which is annually awarded to a
student who has gone above and beyond in contributions to the
choral and vocal area of music.

This year’s winner, fifth-year music student Reanne Pfeifer,
performed with the Kellogg Chamber Singers and sang soprano
solos.

“It’s really nice to meet previous winners and be a part of
something that is so great,” said Pfeifer. “It’s a lot of fun. We
are all friends and it’s fun to perform with everybody and have
that close connection to be able to do that.”

The concert began with a vocal and guitar arrangement performed
by the director,Susan Burns and alumnus/music faculty member David
Cahuenque. The second performance and the last were cut due to the
performers’ illness.

Pfeifer was the first student to perform and sang a soprano
Puccini piece titled “O mio babbino caro.” A tribute to Charles
Lindsley followed, delivered by Music Department Chair Iris S.
Levine, describing Lindsley as an encouragement to vocal students
who knew him as “Doc.” Lindsley taught at Cal Poly from 1970 to
1993, passing away from complications due to AIDS.

The Kellogg Chamber Singers, under the direction of music
student EdCarlo Arafiles, performed an a cappella piece written by
past Lindsley scholarship winner, Arafiles. The piece, titled
“Alleluia,” was rightfully conducted by its composer and was
executed vocally with ease and grace.

Eleanor Galit, alto chamber singer and third-year kinesiology
student, performed “Alleluia” with the Kellogg Chamber Singers and
“Someone to Watch Over Me” in a trio and said a great deal of
preparation went into the show.

“With chamber singers we’ve been preparing since the beginning
of the quarter and with the trio I think a month or so,” said
Galit.

Music students were not the only part of the show. Students with
double music majors and no music majors contributed their talents,
as Galit made clear.

“I actually just enjoy singing. My older sister was also in
chamber singers, and that’s how I met the director,” said Galit. “I
came to this school and I wasn’t sure if I should do so, but I made
it and I’ve been enjoying it ever since.”

The two-hour concert allowed for 25 performances with no set
theme as the title of the show reveals. Superior vocal performances
of familiar Gershwin, Mozart, Hammerstein and Duke Ellington
arrangements molded the show with a few interesting accompaniments
of percussion, bass, keyboard and piano.

The next fall music event is the Nadia Shpachenko and Friends
Chamber Music Festival in the music recital hall on Wednesday at 8
p.m. Pianist Nadia Shpachenko will perform with Grammy nominated
violist Karen Elaine. Tickets are $10 for students.

Reach Sable Stevens at: lifestyle@thepolypost.com

Vocal concert showcasing this fall

Paul Rosales/Poly Post

Vocal concert showcasing this fall’s musical talent

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