John M Long School of Music holds guest artist recital

TROY, Ala. (TROJANVISION) — The pews of Sorrell Chapel were filled with people Monday night, but it wasn’t hymns they were listening to.

Monday night in Sorrell Chapel audience members were treated to a classical concert.

“We decided to put this concert on here in Sorrell Chapel because we were playing some concerts elsewhere and we figured students here in Troy really don’t get to hear fabulous string playing all that often,” said Lecturer of Guitar Dr. Robert Gibson. “I thought it was a great opportunity to bring some high caliber musicians to our campus.”

Gibson performed guitar, Alexei Romanenko performed on cello, and Jonathan Kuo performed on violin. The musicians performed pieces by classical composers such as Glière, Villa-Lobos, Tedesco, Kummer and Paganini.

Although the three have played at famous venues all across the world, Kuo told TrojanVision that Sorrell Chapel was an excellent place to perform.

“I really like how this this building reverberates and just carries the sound really well. It’s not over over the top like a huge cathedral in any way, but it’s very resonant and the the audience brought a lot of energy for us.”

One TROY student who attended the concert said she enjoyed the complex sound the string instruments brought to the music.

“Hearing the different textures that the violinist and cello were able to bring out is very difficult to get the articulation and be able to play very soft, but be able to be heard it’s just really nice to hear something different like that here in Troy,” said student Diandra Williams.

Although the recital is not yet an annual event, Kuo and Romanenko expressed interest in coming back to TROY.

“It was a pleasure to play with Dr. Gibson and Mr. Kuo so I think I think it was an awesome event and we’re glad to be here,” Romanenko said. “So hopefully we’ll come back again in the future.”

The John M Long School of Music‘s next large event will be the Guitar Festival on Feb. 16 in Long Hall.