(Buffalo, N.Y.) – The Music Department at SUNY Buffalo State holds recitals throughout the semester to give students an opportunity to perform in front of an audience.
The Dec. 2 performance, inside the Louis P. Ciminelli Recital Hall, featured bassist Benjamin Levitt and vocalist Nolyn Brunner.
Ciminelli Hall is a state-of-the-art theatre that features over 50 microphones and 7.1 surround sound, which provides a unique experience for those in attendance.
“We’re going to do some of my original tunes, which is going to prove to be very exciting for me to play. It’s going to be the first time I play them in public,” said Levitt.
Every student performer is able to choose who they would like to accompany them during their recital.
Zach Mathewson, who accompanied Levitt and Brunner, said he has grown a lot as a musician during his time at Buffalo State.
“One huge thing is being able to sit down with a piece and look at it and get something out of it before looking at it for a long time,” said Mathewson.
“My sight reading before I got to college was terrible. It’s just because I wasn’t playing enough, so that is one thing that has majorly improved.”
Senior Shayla Lance said her recent recital and the experience of interacting with her classmates has been positive.
“Well it’s definitely an engaging thing, it’s very friendly,” she said. “Preforming on this stage, at first, it was very stressful, but at my recital I was so calm and relaxed. It was kinda fun to perform.”
Every semester, music majors are required to attend at least seven recitals or concerts on campus.
The recitals are free to all students and faculty and refreshments are served after every performance.