Hannah Ostrander Violin Recital Highlights
Music Major Hannah Ostrander recently performed her Senior Violin Recital in Burckart Hall. Displaying her years of dedication to her education and musicianship, she performed pieces from various eras and styles with fluency and skill.
After the recital, Miss Melody Steinbart commented, “Hannah’s thoughtful programming and diligent preparation treated the audience to an enjoyable evening of music-making.”
Ostrander gave her recital to fulfill the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music with concentrations in String Pedagogy and Arranging. Following graduation, she will travel with the Heritage Singers over the summer. After that, she plans to teach lessons at a music studio and hopes to join an orchestra.
Violin Sonata No. 18 in G Major, K. 301
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
While Mozart’s earlier sonatas prioritized the piano over the violin, he composed this sonata with the violin and piano as equal partners. Throughout the sonata, the violin and piano seamlessly alternate between solo and accompaniment roles.
In the next piece, Ostrander was accompanied by her sisters – Justine Ostrander on the violin and Hope Ostrander on the piano. Originally written for an animated movie, “The Prayer” is beloved for its soaring melody, rich harmonies, and powerful message about the need for God’s guidance in our lives.
One of the best-loved hymns, this rendition of “Amazing Grace” was beautifully arranged by Kurt Bestor. Ostrander found comfort in the song’s message of God’s sustaining grace throughout her years at college.
R. Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 I. Allegro moderato
Sibelius’ only violin concerto, this piece is now considered one of the major works for violin. This movement features an extended virtuosic cadenza and utilizes sequential octaves, rapid scalar passages, and strident chords for a dramatic conclusion.