Faculty performance series highlights concert guitar

Brad DeRoche performs on concert guitar in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall. Vanguard Photo | Jolie Wyse

Adjunct professor Brad DeRoche performed in the faculty recital on Thursday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall.

DeRoche teaches guitar, guitar ensemble, music history and music theory courses.

As a guitarist, DeRoche has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral soloist in both North and South America.

He has also appeared on public radio and television programs.

For the concert series at SVSU, DeRoche chose to begin with Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Sonata II for Violin, BWV 1003.”

He played four movements from this piece. He also played pieces from Francisco Tarrega and Isaac Albeniz.

The pieces he picked showcased a variety of his talents. Audience members thought he did an excellent job playing the more difficult pieces. Music students were quick to praise his performance.

“Dr. DeRoche’s concert was great,” said Jacob Vennix, a music education sophomore. “I especially enjoyed the Tarrega pieces that he chose. He made a lot of difficult pieces look easy.”

Between each piece, DeRoche gave a short introduction to the history of each composer.

He shared with the audience lesser known facts about each composer and used historical context to bring each piece to life.

The music department’s next concert will be on Monday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall.

The concert will feature the SVSU Concert Choir and the Cardinal Singers.

Melissa Vennix
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