Hawks fall to Jays despite Lynn’s four goals

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By Nick Forbes Asst. sports editor

On March 25, the women’s lacrosse team took on the Blue Jays of Elizabethtown, mounting an impressive comeback but ultimately falling short, losing 15-12.

The Blue Jays, who are off to a 5-1 start this season, boasted their offense early in the game. Elizabethtown scored seven goals in the first 18 minutes of the game, while stifling the Susquehanna offense.

Susquehanna finally found the back of the net with a little under 12 minutes remaining in the first half. Senior attacker Ashley Rose Lynn took a pass from freshman midfielder Mel Barracato and fired it past Elizabethtown’s goal keeper.

Lynn led the team in scoring with four goals.

Junior attacker Caroline Rabiecki added another goal right before the half to cut the River Hawks’ deficit to five.

The River Hawks kept the momentum rolling right out of the gate in the second half. It took just two minutes for sophomore attacker Brooke Klair to score off of a Rabiecki assist. One minute later, Lynn added her second goal of the day on a free position shot.

The next six goals scored in the game came off free position shots, three for Susquehanna and three for Elizabethtown. Senior midfielder Shannon Kinney found net with 15:24 remaining as the River Hawks drew within two points, but that’s as close as they got.

The Blue Jays protected their two point lead as the two teams went back and forth. Leading 12-10, Elizabethtown rallied for three goals to give them the separation they needed.

Rabiecki and Lynn tacked on two more goals for Susquehanna in the waning minutes, but it wouldn’t be enough to overcome the deficit created in the first half.

The match marked the first Landmark Conference matchup for the River Hawks, who are now 0-1 in conference play.

The team rebounded quickly on March 29 when they traveled to King’s to take on the Monarchs.

Once again, the River Hawks got off to a slow start. With 17:37 left in the first half, Susquehanna found themselves trailing 4-2 and needing a jump start on offense.

Klair provided the spark the team was looking for, scoring on an assist from Rabiecki to start a five goal scoring run from the River Hawks.

Lynn accounted for two goals during the spurt, and senior attacker Liv Cohn netted a goal as well.

Klair finished the scoring run she initiated, taking another assist from Rabiecki and putting it home with 34 seconds left in the half.

Susquehanna carried a 7-4 lead over King’s into half and never looked back.

Scoring was hard to come by in the second half for both teams. The first goal of the second half came when Kinney scored on a free positionshot midway through the half.

King’s answered back with a goal of their own, but Lynn fired right back to give Susquehanna a 9-5 lead tha ended up being the final score.

Lynn recorded three goals in the win, while Rabiecki led the team in assists with two. Rabiecki also had an early goal in the game.

Freshman goalie Libby Dex recorded seven saves in the win en route to her fourth win of the year.

With a record of 5-4, the River Hawks will look to avoid falling to .500 on the season when they take on Moravian on Saturday, April 1.

Moravian is 5-2 over seven games played thus far this season but has yet to play in a Landmark Conference game.

Moravian’s offense could pose problems for Susquehanna’s defense. The Greyhounds have not scored less than 17 points in their past four games.

Their last game boasted a 20-point scoring output, thanks in large part to seven-point outings from sophomore midfielder Jillian Picciuto and freshman midfielder Liz Bill.

The River Hawks will have to rely heavily on Dex as well as the rest of the defense, led by junior defender Una Heinzerling if they want to pick up their first conference win against the Greyhounds.

Following the game against Moravian, Susquehanna will return home on Wednesday, April 5 to take on Lycoming.

River Hawks host Jim Taylor Invitational

By Andrew Porzio Staff writer

The Susquehanna men’s and women’s track and field teams hosted the 33rd annual Jim Taylor Invitational on March 25. The meet featured a host of talent with schools from the division I, II and III level.

The River Hawks women’s team had an impressive day, posting 16 top 20 finishes. Senior Gabrielle Alguire led Susquehanna with her first place finish in javelin, while Senior Amy Kaschak took second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Alguire came just four inches shy of surpassing her own school record in the javelin with a throw of 155’ 4”. She holds the mark for the longest throw in the country for Division III so far this season by 14 feet.

Kaschak posted a time of 11:27.06 in the steeplechase. Her time is the 10th best in the country so far this season.

A handful of athletes from the River Hawks men’s track and field team posted top five finishes in their events on Saturday. Freshman Robert Marks, junior Josh Brown, freshman Chris Petraskie and senior Matt Gass all posted top five finishes.

Marks took first place in the javelin with a throw of 199’ 11”, which is the fifth best in the country this season. Brown was nearly as impressive, finishing second in the event behind his teammate Marks with a throw of 197’ 1”.

Petraskie continued his impressive freshmen season with three top-three finishes on the day. He took second in the triple jump with a 44’ 7” jump, which was the best jump on the day among Division III competitors. He also finished third in the long jump and tied for third in the high jump.

Gass was once again impressive continuing his dominance from the indoor season. He finished with a third place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.96, which ranks in the top 20 nationally. Gass also had fifth place finish in the 200-meter with a time of 22.52.

The River Hawks will return to action at the Millersville Metrics meet on Saturday, April 1.

Last year in the Millersville Metrics meet, Gass burst onto the scene with a ninth place finish in the 400-meter dash. Sophomore Kaleb Waiwada finished 27th in the same race.

A young 4×400 relay team also had success taking home seventh place.

The team consisted of Waiwada, junior Kyle Entin, sophomore William Claxton and sophomore Justin Meyer.

Last year on the women’s side, the Millersville tournament was highlighted by then-senior Ashley West’s second place finish in the 200-meter run, the first time she had entered the event.

Senior Hannah Perkins placed 14th in the 400-meter run with a time of 1:03.24, and Kaschak ran to a third place finish in the steeplechase.

Meanwhile, sophomore Sarah Rinaldi set a personal best in the high jump, with a height of 1.48 meters.

The NBA MVP race is a no-brainer

By Alex Kurtz Sports Editor

The NBA regular season is on its last stages, and the MVP race has begun to light up in the past weeks. For months, Russell Westbrook, the star point guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder was in the lead, but players such as James Harden and LeBron James have narrowed the race to the point where the award could go to any of the three. Kobe Bryant even said in a recent interview: “We might see our first co-MVPs this year.”

However, I think that the race is clear-cut. Russell Westbrook is the MVP of the league.

On March 29, Westbrook dropped 57 points in a win against the Orlando Magic, setting the NBA record for most points scored during a triple-double, beating Harden’s record that was set this season on Dec. 31.

This is Westbrook’s second time this season scoring 50 points with a triple-double. He also scored 19 points of those points in the fourth quarter and hit the game-tying three to complete a 21-point comeback and send the game into overtime, where the Thunder came out with a 114-108 victory.

As if that was not impressive enough, in the final 7:45 of regulation plus overtime, Westbrook scored 26 of those points on 11-20 shooting and had seven rebounds and three assists.

“These numbers are crazy. These are video game-like numbers,” former Orlando Magic player Dennis Scott said.

Westbrook is three triple-doubles shy of tying the single-season record for triple-doubles at 41, which was set in the 1961-1962 season by NBA legend Oscar Robinson. A 55-year-old record, which was considered unbreakable for a long time, is now close to being possibly shattered.

Meanwhile, he is also averaging a triple-double on the season, with 31.8 points per game, 10.6 rebounds per game and 10 assists per game as of March 30.

“This guy’s playing historical basketball,” NBA great Shaquille O’Neal said. “This [averaging a triple-double] has never been done before. Excuse me, hasn’t been done in a long time.”

Robinson is currently the only player in NBA history to average a triple-double in a season, which was done in the 1961-62 season. Westbrook has all but locked down joining him on that list. On March 29, ESPN Insider Kevin Pelton’s projection system calculated that Westbrook has a 99.9 percent chance of finishing the season averaging a triple-double.

Despite these monster stats, one of the big arguments for Harden, which is causing a lot of the controversy, is that Westbrook’s team is much worse. Houston, Harden’s team, is currently 51-23, while the Thunder are 43-31.

While the Rockets have no other star power other than Harden, they have a solid core lineup. They have veterans like Ryan Anderson, Eric Gordon, Trevor Ariza, Lou Williams and Patrick Beverly on top of Sam Dekker, who is one of the best younger players in the league from last year’s draft class.

The Thunder, while having some solid players as well like Victor Oladipo, Enes Kanter and Taj Gibson, are not as good of a roster as the Rockets.

Unfortunately, most league MVPs come from a team that is high on top of the standings in their conference, like the past two years when Golden State’s Steph Curry won the MVP award, and Houston sits in third in the Western Conference currently.

This argument is bogus however. The award is not great player on the best team; it is most valuable player, as in most valuable to the team. Without Westbrook, the Thunder would not be in playoff consideration at all and would be a dumpster-fire in the Western Conference, while the Rockets probably would be in, as they have much more depth on their roster.

“Russell has turned that corner, where he has to play this way every night so his team can win,” Scott said.

Not only that, but Westbrook is also playing the first season of his career without Kevin Durant, is playing better than ever and is leading a team of alright players to the playoffs almost single-handedly.

In my mind, this race is as clear as it gets. Russell Westbrook is the MVP of the 2016-2017 NBA season, and my opinion stands firm no matter what the beard does at this point.

Blue Jays survive SU’s late comeback attempt

By Kirsten Hatton Staff writer

The Susquehanna men’s lacrosse team’s comeback attempt fell short as the River Hawks lost 9-7 to conference-foe Elizabethtown on the road on March 25.

Freshman attacker Preston Ouellette tied the game at seven late in the fourth quarter, but Elizabethtown responded with two goals late in the game just 50 seconds apart to steal the win.

The game began with an early goal from the Blue Jays, but senior attacker Chet McLaughlin responded less than one minute later with a goal to tie the game at 1-1.

Elizabethtown scored two more goals to lead the River Hawks 3-1 at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter began with a goal by sophomore midfielder Erik Lanyi to bring the River Hawks within one, but the Blue Jays scored again, to lead 4-2 at halftime.

The second half of the game began with another goal from McLaughlin, but the Blue Jays responded with two more goals within a minute of each other to make the score 6-3.

Junior midfielder Alec Tzaneteas etched further into the Blue Jays lead at the end of the third quarter to make the score 6-4 Elizabethtown.

The final quarter began with another goal by Tzaneteas to put the River Hawks within one goal at 6-5.

Elizabethtown scored again a minute later to push the lead to 7-5.

Tzaneteas scored again to put the River Hawks within one once more, with a score of 7-6. He finished with three goals and two assists for the River Hawks.

Sophomore goalie Dylan Abplanalp finished the game with six saves.

Ouellette scored with five minutes remaining to tie the game, but two more goals from Elizabethtown with less than four minutes to go secured the 9-7 victory for the Blue Jays.

Ball security was one of the big issues for the River Hawks, as they ended the day with 22 turnovers, which tied the team’s season high.

“As a team, we can take away from this game our lack of ability to handle pressure on the offensive end. I think if we handled their pressure better we wouldn’t have had so many turnovers and would have probably come out on top,” junior attacker Andrew Porzio said. “This is something we will work on and get better at so the next time we face a team that likes to pressure out we will be more prepared for it.”

Elizabethtown improved to 6-3 on the year and 2-0 in the Landmark, while Susquehanna dropped to 7-3 and 0-1 in conference play. It was the second loss in a row for Susquehanna.

The River Hawks are back in action Saturday, April 1 at Sassafras Field as they hope to get back to their winning ways when they take on Moravian at 1 p.m.

Moravian currently has a record of 3-3, including a 10-5 loss to Elizabethtown in their only conference game.

Grigas tosses shutout as River Hawks sweep Scranton

By Mel Barracato Staff writer

Susquehanna’s baseball team swept Scranton this past weekend in the series, taking place on March 25 with a double-header in Maryland and another game on March 26 hosted by Juniata.

The River Hawks only gave up four hits in game one and allowed no runs as they cruised to a 13-0 victory in the first game on March 25. In the second game the River Hawks were limited to four hits but scored four runs to win 4-2.

The River Hawk’s needed extra innings to win on March 26. Sophomore designated hitter Cameron Ott hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to bring home the winning run to give Susquehanna a 4-3 victory.

In the first game on March 25, the River Hawks opened up strong scoring five runs each in the first two innings.

The River Hawks also finished the game with 17 hits.

Junior shortstop Cole Luzins was 4-for-4 with two runs and two runs batted in, while junior catcher Zach Leone was 3-for-3 with a double and a homerun to account for two runs and three RBIs.

Senior rightfielder Taylor Luckenbill was 3-for-4 with three runs and two doubles to lead the offense.

Luckenbill also received the Landmark Conference player of the week after he led Susquehanna’s offense that week with a .429 batting average, five runs and two RBIs.

Ott added a triple and senior third baseman Cory Fallon and freshman leftfielder Justin Miller each had home runs for Susquehanna.

“The first game was a team effort. Everybody hit the ball,” Head Coach Denny Bowers said.

Freshman pitcher Bobby Grigas earned his third win with the complete-game shutout victory as he struck out five and only gave up four hits.

“[Grigas] has been our most consistent pitcher,” Coach Bowers said. “He shut them down in the first inning. He is arguably our best pitcher.”

Grigas also took home Landmark Conference pitcher of the week with his performance in game one.

The second game was a bit closer as Scranton tied the game at two runs in the second inning, but the River Hawks bounced back with two more runs in the bottom of the second and kept that lead for the remainder of the game.

Luckenbill and senior first baseman Dylan Jenkins accounted for the first two runs. After the two-run homerun in the top of the second, Ott and Luckenbill both scored back-to-back runs to increase the lead by two.

“We started another freshman pitcher Sean Rodriguez and he kept us in the ball game only giving up two runs,” Bowers said.

The third game was the tightest matchup of the week, as the River Hawks had to go into extra innings to beat Scraton for the third time.

Scranton managed to take a 3-1 lead in the top of the fifth inning, but Fallon added another run on an error by Scranton to narrow the score to 3-2.

The game was tied up however in the the seventh inning when Jenkins came home after a sacrifice fly by Fallon.

The River Hawks scored a run in the bottom of the tenth inning on an Ott sacrifice fly to bring home the third win of the weekend for Susquehanna.

The River Hawks could not keep their winning streak going however, falling to Keystone 6-3 on March 30.

Keystone wasted no time getting on the board as it scored three runs in the top of the first inning. Junior rightfielder Anthony Ferrezza scored first for the Giants followed by senior third baseman Bill Nelson and senior leftfielder Brendan Long.

Susquehanna responded quickly however in the bottom of the first with two runs of its own on a two-run double from Fallon.

The Giants continued to add to their lead in the top of the third on an RBI single from junior centerfielder Eric Drzewiecki and freshman catcher Ryan Callahan drove in a run after reaching base on a walk to extend the lead to 5-2.

Each team scored one more run in the game with Susquehanna scoring in the fifth and Keystone in the sixth.

With the loss, Susquehanna fell to 9-9 on the season and Keystone improved to 9-6.

The River Hawks are back in action on Saturday, April 1 when they travel to Catholic for a doubleheader.

SU dance showcase, ‘Raising the Barre,’ to be a ‘wide variety show’

By E. Quinn Evans Staff writer

After countless hours of choreographing, rehearsing and fine tuning, Susquehanna Dance Corps will present its 2017 dance showcase on Saturday, April 1 at 4:30 p.m. in Weber Chapel Auditorium.

Over 70 students, ranging in graduation years and majors, have been working together to produce a professional performance with a plethora of dance styles represented.

The president of Susquehanna Dance Corps, junior psychology major Rachel Keegan, revealed that the theme for this year’s showcase is “Raising the Barre.”

After explaining that many things are different from the past year in the group, such as the formation of their executive board and their class selection, Keegan said that she wishes to “take things from before and make them even better.”

Susquehanna Dance Corps is composed of individuals who have had extensive dance experience prior to college as well as those who are entirely new to dancing.

Keegan said, “The momentum of SUDC is to be accepting of everyone and so everyone can have the experience of dance.”

The showcase this year will represent an array of dance styles, from musical theater to hip-hop to ballet to contemporary. There will be group choreographies and solo dances, from intermediate level to advanced.

According to Keegan, this will be a “wide variety show,” as the playlist contains a vast assortment of music genres. “I feel like a proud mama bear,” Keegan said. “I loved watching how much everyone has grown from August until now.”

Though classes did not begin learning choreography until the middle of last semester, Keegan said she has been organizing the event since last May, nearly a full year ago.

Her work began with choosing a date for the showcase and finished with redesigning elaborate programs. She remarked that it has been “a lot of tedious work” but the “amazing experience” makes up for it.

Though she was worried that things would go wrong, she said she is incredibly happy and proud that it has come together so well. Keegan said she has greatly enjoyed being president of the dance corps.

“Dance Corps has made me more passionate about other people’s passions, wanting to support them,” Keegan said. “It’s made my life quite busy but constantly working makes me happy; it keeps you on your toes and there’s never a dull moment.”

This passion that Keegan possesses is evident in many of the dancers and choreographers as well.

Junior Hannah Witt, who is the choreographer of two pieces, one jazz and one contemporary, said, “Becoming a choreographer and being able to watch my work come to life is without a doubt the most incredible thing I have ever experienced.”

Witt served as a member of the executive board as a part of the showcase committee this year and commented how she is “so humbled and blessed that Dance Corps has given [her] the opportunity to share [her] love for the art of dance with others who share that same passion.”

She has been developing her choreography since this past summer. Though she revealed, “These past several months of prepping for showcase have taken a bit of a toll.” Witt said that the “dancers and the excitement and passion that I have for what I do never cease to prevail.”

Junior Marquise Richards also loves the environment of Dance Corps. He said: “The dancers are my favorite part of SUDC. There’s just so much talent, and people are constantly growing within their own bodies and they are finding themselves.”

After choreographing for an advanced hip-hop class, Richards described his inspiration behind the piece as a “fascination with technical dancers and hip-hop dancers. There is a different passion between both groups and the way that they execute my moves are completely different.”

Richards also commented that he finds solace in dance.

He said: “SUDC has become my way to relieve my thoughts. This reminds me to get away from all the meetings, enjoy being in the moment and just remember my passion. It is my favorite way to end my week.”

First-year Angelique Poragratti said that her “experience so far has been amazing” and that she has met “so many new friends, learned so many different things and improved [her] technique and own personal style of dancing.”

While many dancers are only in a couple of classes, many, like Poragratti, are in several.

From hip-hop to pointe to dance team to contemporary, Poragratti has dedicated much of her time to participating in twelve dances.

First-year Alyssa Gehris remarked that her “favorite part of showcase is how exciting the environment is and being able to share it with everyone is a great bonding experience” and that she “can’t wait to show everyone our hard work.”

The 2017 showcase is free, although donations are recommended and appreciated.

Senior duet evokes ‘emotional vulnerability’ through song

By Michelle Seitz Staff writer

Vocal music education major Sierra Jesanis and violinist Victoria Hogan performed their senior recital on March 26, accompanied by Lecturer in Music Ilya Blinov and sophomore Benjamin Nylander on piano. The preparation process relied heavily on practicing daily and focusing mostly on technique and expression.

Jesanis, who is a mezzo soprano, said, “It can be a very intense and frustrating process, but being able to put on a recital with a final product you’re proud of is extremely rewarding and makes the process so worth it.”

The first piece Jesanis performed was “Hence, Iris, Hence Away” from the opera “Semele,” accompanied by Blinov on piano. It was composed by George Friedric Handel during the 18th century. According to the program, the opera was originally criticized for its sexual content and English text. “Hence, Iris, Hence Away” is one of the most performed arias out of the opera..

The duet then performed “Schafers Klagelied,” which translates to Shepherd’s Lament, and “Die Junge Nonn, D. 828,” composed by Franz Schubert. Schubert is thought of as one of the greatest composers of the late Classical and early Romantic periods. “Schafers Klagelied” was the first piece performed in a public concert. It tells the story of a shepherd searching for his beloved. “Die Junge Nonne” follows a young woman’s transition to becoming a nun and fully devoting herself to the Lord. According to the program, the piece’s accompaniment denotes a violent storm that symbolizes the woman’s spiritual journey.

Hogan then performed the first sonatina of Schubert’s “Three Sonatinas for Violin and Piano, op. 137, no. 1” titled “Allegro molto.” She was accompanied by Nylander on piano. According to the program, Schubert’s sonatas were printed after his death—his publisher renamed them “sonatinas”—although they were composed when he was just 19 years old. He also wrote his fourth “Tragic” symphony around the same time. The sonatas emulate pieces by Mozart more so than Beethoven, whom Schubert idolized the most.

“Allegro molto” expresses more innocence than some of his other works. This is displayed mostly through the first half of the movement, which is light and playful and introduces a short frequent theme. The second half is more intense and embeds a motif from the original theme, which is modified throughout. The piece concludes with an abrupt, unison fortissimo.

Hogan and Nylander then proceeded to play the second movement of Max Bruch’s “Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor” titled “Adagio.” According to the program, the concerto is Bruch’s most acclaimed work and the most popular violin piece.

“Adagio” opens with a sweet but rich melody that is embellished by the orchestra. This theme is constant throughout the movement. Sections of the melody transition into that beginning with a triumphant tumult that calms into a sweeter, passionate close. The movement closes with a heartbreaking return to the second half of the theme in the violin solo and leads to a dramatic climax in the violin’s upper register before concluding in a calmer assuaged memory.

Jesanis and Hogan then performed “Violons dans le soir [1907]” composed by Camille Saint-Saens, with Blinov on piano. According to the program, this is one of the last pieces in the Baroque period that featured an instrument and a singer as equals. Both the violin and voice coincide to display a conversation between two characters without overpowering the other. The piano accompaniment sets a lovely scene for the violin and voice while the violin enhances the piece’s text, which is a poem about the beauty of the violin, written by Anna de Noalilles.

After a brief intermission, Jesanis and Blinov performed “The Old Stoic” and “On the Moors” by John Duke. According to the program, these pieces put poems by author Emily Bronte to music in an obscure way. There are no recordings of the pieces or evidence that they were ever performed.

“The Old Stoic” features a dark, minimalist accompaniment, while “On The Moors” features unconventional harmonies and lyrical lines.

The duet then performed “Fetes galantes,” “Mai’ and “Quand la nuit n’est pas etoilee,” composed by Reynaldo Hahn. According to the program, Hahn often incorporated romance in his pieces and the cycle of finding and losing love. “Fetes galantes” tells of falling in love, “Mai” speaks of the anticipation of whether or not the feeling is mutual and “Quand la nuit n’est pas etoilee” expresses the heartbreak of losing the one you love.

Jesanis said, “It was a powerful experience being to able to sing this piece and let myself feel the emotional vulnerability of it and evoke that in my performance.”

The final piece was performed by Hogan and Nylander. “Scene de ballet, op. 100” was composed by Charles Auguste de Beriot. According to the program, it is one of de Beriot’s most popular compositions and exemplifies his exciting and Romantic style. Numerous violin techniques are incorporated throughout the piece, such as ricochet bowing and bariolage, which are rapid, repeated string crossings that outline chords, harmonics and double stops. It opens with staccato, unified chords that make way for the violin solo.

Bucknell group, Weis Trio, to perform ‘mix of music’

By Danielle Bettendorf Asst. living and arts editor

recital in Stretansky Concert Hall on March 31 at 7:30 p.m.

The trio is composed of Colleen Hartung, adjunct faculty music, Bucknell associate professor of music Lisa Caravan and visiting associate professor of music Sezi Seskir.

Hartung will perform on the clarinet, Caravan on the cello and Seskir on the piano.

The group will perform “Fantasy Trio, op. 26” by Polish-American composer Robert Muczynski, “Trio-Miniaturen” by Russian-born Swiss composer Paul Juon, “Eight Pieces, op. 83” by German composer Max Bruch and “Trio” by Italian composer Nina Rota.

Hartung said the group chose music that interested them after studying the repertoire available for clarinet trios.

The repertoire for clarinet trios can differ compared to other groups, such as a string quartet, which is composed of two violins, a viola and a cello, or a piano trio, which is composed of a violin, a cello and a piano.

“There is a fair amount of repertoire for clarinet trios, however, performances by this ensemble happen less frequently than say that of a string quartet or piano trio,” Hartung said.

Hartung also noted the variety in the pieces chosen.

“I hope attendees will be introduced to composers that they are less familiar with and that they will enjoy the mix of music from different musical eras,” Hartung said.

“Fantasy Trio, op. 26” was composed by Muczynski when he and his fellow musicians found that pieces for clarinet trios were not common.

“Trio-Miniaturen” was originally composed for piano alone, but Juon then reworked the piece for clarinet or violin, cello and piano.

According to the program, “Eight Pieces, op. 83” was not originally intended to be performed as one piece. Bruch saw the work as a “musical folio from which independent miniatures of varying styles could be chosen.”

“Trio” is in three movements, and the piece often shifts moods; the work runs from tones of the Romantic period to circus-like melodies.

The Weis Trio performed the same pieces on March 24 at Bucknell and will be performing in London and Paris after the recital at Susquehanna.

According to the program, the three musicians created the trio after finding out they shared an interest in chamber music while working at Bucknell.

Senior performs his capstone recital

By Parker Thomas Staff writer

Senior music performance major William Cantin performed his senior recital in Stretansky Hall on March 25, as part of his senior capstone.

Cantin, a classically trained baritone, sang 10 pieces consisting of classical music from the early 20th century and the Romantic period, in addition to a piece from the Baroque period. Cantin selected the pieces performed and received voice instruction by Associate Professor of Music David Steinau.

Cantin was accompanied by Lecturer in Music Ilya Blinov on piano for every piece except for the first, which consisted of four movements from Georg Philipp Telemann’s “Die Kanarienvogel-Kantate.” Here, Cantin was accompanied by a small ensemble consisting of sophomores Jennie Lien and Valerie Smith-Gonzalez on violin, first-year Ronnell Hodges on viola, senior Victoria Doll on cello and Associate Professor of Music Marcos Krieger on harpsichord.

Telemann’s “Die Kanarienvogel-Kantate” or the “Canary Cantata” was commissioned by a patron in Hamburg, Germany for the loss of the owner’s pet canary. Combining the elegant style of the late Baroque period with the text conveying the tragic loss of a pet bird, Telemann created a satirical piece that comes off both sad and comedic.

Cantin chose this piece for the start of his concert to humor the audience. “It is kind of this comic, tragic, satirical piece of music,” Cantin said before the concert. “I hope people will get the joke.”

Following this, Cantin performed “Warum sind deine Augen den so naβ?”, “Mein Herz ist wie die dunkle Nacht” and “Wie Frülingsanung weht es durch die Lande.” All three short pieces were written by Hans Pfitzner and discuss either deep foreboding and isolation or the desperate and wild joy of the heart.

For the last piece of the first half, Cantin sang another German piece: “Questo amor, vergogna mia” from Giacomo Puccini’s “Edgar,” an unsuccessful opera released in 1889. Despite the opera’s failure, the baritone aria that Cantin performed is considered highly reputable and is the only memorable piece from the opera.

After an intermission, Cantin returned with Blinov to sing “Four Walt Whitman Songs,” a song cycle by Kurt Weill after he fled Nazi Germany in the first half of the 20th century. Upon stumbling across a collection of Whitman’s poetry, Weill decided that several of the poems had the potential to be written into song. Weill converted “O Captain, My Captain,” “Beat, Beat, Drums!”, “Dirge for Two Veterans” and “Come Up from the Fields, Father” to song. These pieces all discuss the personal tragedy, chaos and strife of the American Civil War.

Cantin discussed his liking for these pieces, since they were written in English.

“The whole thing with singing any music is that you can convey these intense emotions through the music itself,” Cantin said, “but you can also convey specific, syntactical meanings through the text itself, too, especially with the ‘Walt Whitman Songs.’”

Cantin closed the concert with four French pieces, including “Chanson d’avril” by Alexandre Bizet, “Psyche” by Emile Paladilhe, “Crepuscule” by Jules Massenet and “Danse Macabre” by Camille Saint-Saens. The pieces describe and discuss the beauty of nature and loved ones and the ability of such sights to inspire love. The famous “Danse Macabre,” on the other hand, discusses a sinister scene of joy with Death playing a violin and skeletons dancing joyfully, while rendering an overall message that despite their differences before, people are all equal after death.

Graphic design and studio art seniors exhibit collections

The Quill/Joanna Mizak

By Liz Hammond Staff writer

The annual senior graphic design and studio arts major exhibition opened in Lore Degenstein Gallery on March 25, where faculty, students and families crowded into the space to participate in the formal launch of the show.

The exhibition’s theme, “Polychrome,” showcases all 11 graphic design and studio art seniors. The students brought together the ideas and designs that they wanted to be on show for the exhibition, and they started working on putting it together in the fall of this year.

Every student could pick eight pieces to showcase.

“I think the show is really unique because…we’re obviously bringing in graphic design and putting it up on the walls in the galleries on its own,” senior Eileen Gonzalez said. “That’s not something that’s done.”

At the exhibition, Jordyn Avery, one of the senior artists, explained all the pieces that she had on display.

A few highlights of the pieces that she chose were her fully designed magazine, as well as her Byrd House Market posters that were created for a farmer’s market.

Along with these pieces, Avery displayed her trifold stationery for a distillery, which included envelopes and business cards.

She also decided to showcase her three ads for the TV show “Shark Week,” with the tagline “Something’s Coming.”

“I chose the eight pieces that I’m proudest of,” Avery said. “The projects that have taken me the longest and challenged me the most but have turned out better than I could have expected.”

Avery added: “This is our Oscars. We have worked for four years on countless projects over thousands of hours in the graphic design lab. The result is a set of our best and proudest works on display.”

Morgan Sattler, another one of the senior artists, explained how she chose all of her eight displayed pieces.

“My best projects have been from the past two years, since junior year is where you really grow as a designer, so there were many revisions put into certain projects to make it our best,” Sattler said.

“By the start of our last semester, we definitely know which ones were our favorite pieces.” She added, “These projects really stood out to me as what I see myself working on in the real world.”

Abigail Johnson was also willing to explain her exhibit.

Johnson said, “I chose my pieces based on what I believed were my best works and also my favorites.”

“Since this is a show for not only ourselves but our family, friends and faculty members I really wanted people to see what my favorite things I have created over the years were,” Johnson continued.

When asked if the graphic design program helped these students, those who responded said yes.

Sattler said, “I cannot imagine going to any other program than Susquehanna’s graphic design program. The professors, as well as the friends in the department here, have made this place my second home. The advice from professors and peers have been influential to us becoming the best designer we can be.”

Johnson said something along similar lines about the program at Susquehanna.

“In all honesty I do not know where I would be if it weren’t for the graphic design program here at Susquehanna,” she said.

Though the gallery focused a lot on the graphic design majors, it also showcased work from many studio art majors.

“I was very appreciative of the studio art majors,” Gonzalez said. “It’s very different compared to other years.”

Gonzalez explained that it was a different experience attending this specific gallery.

“Seeing how different it can go from the pieces of clothing we have hung up [in the gallery] to the giant sculpture as well as the more traditional paintings,” Gonzalez added, “it’s something [that] I don’t think has really been done before.”