Faculty recital combines euphonium and piano music for students

William Sutton of the music department performed for a faculty recital on Friday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m.

The performance took place in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall and featured a selection of songs performed on the euphonium, one of the many instruments Sutton plays.

He was accompanied on the piano by the talented Ling Lo, who is currently studying piano performance at the doctoral level at Michigan State University.

Together, the duo performed a total of five songs, some with multiple movements, and all with different composers. Each song had a distinct tone to it, yet they seemed to flow together in some sort of cohesive order.

“It feels like a progressive story that keeps moving forward,” Sutton said after his first song, “Prophecies” by Barbara York.

Upbeat, powerful pieces led into agitated, dark-sounding pieces, until finally the show concluded with a soft and simple tune, “Mother and Child,” composed by William Grant Still.

Sutton received a standing ovation from the audience, which consisted of many of his own students.

As the low brass instructor in the music department, Sutton teaches private lessons and works with music majors, minors and others who desire to learn instruments such as trombone, tuba and euphonium.

“He’s my professor, and I knew he was really talented,” said Kyle Ingersoll, a first-year music education major, “but this was the first time I’ve heard him play this extensively. He was phenomenal.”

Another first year music education major, Mason Szagesh, was similarly impressed by his professor’s performance.

“My favorite piece was his third movement in the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” Szagesh said. “He played extremely well, and his fingers moved so fast. It was crazy.”

Szagesh also happens to play the euphonium, just like Sutton, and he was deeply inspired by his instructor’s recital.

“It was fantastic. I’m so happy I came out,” he said.

Further information about upcoming faculty and student music performances at SVSU can be found at svsu.edu/music.

Reported by Micali Gadola, Vanguard Reporter

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