Laura Blumer Piano Recital Highlights

Music Major Laura Blumer recently performed her Senior Piano Recital in Burckart Hall. Drawing from her delightful repertoire, Blumer charmed the audience with her technical precision and musical expression.

After the recital, Blumer’s piano professor Mrs. Ruth Brown commented, “It has been a joy to work with Laura in preparation for her recital. Her diligence and teachable spirit really showed in her four years at MBU. Laura’s performance reflected great preparation and musicality.”

Blumer gave her recital to fulfill the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music with concentrations in Piano Pedagogy and Early Childhood Music. After graduation, she hopes to teach at an area conservatory while pursuing a master’s degree in music education.

Romance, Op. 24, No. 9

Jean Sibelius

The varying moods, contrary motion, and dynamic changes of this piece make it one of the most technically demanding in the recital. Nevertheless, Blumer also considers the piece one of her favorites thanks to its soaring melody and gorgeous chords.

Sonata K. 119, L. 415

Domenico Scarlatti

In this piece, the jumping hand positions and trills resemble the waves of an ocean crashing into a harbor. Adding to the energy of the piece, it also features rolled chords that imitate the strumming of a guitar and demonstrate the Spanish influence in Scarlatti’s music.

Trio in G Major, Hob XV:15 I. Andante

Joseph Haydn

Blumer performed the next piece alongside Lydia Bachorik on the flute and Emily Parent on the cello. Together, they brought out the energetic melodies that reflect the classical style of Haydn.