Student Musicians Return to Elfers Hall

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Mike Xu '24

Kenny Zhang ’22 plays Franz Liszt’s Paraphrase on Verdi’s Rigoletto during the recital on April 13.

For the first time since November 2020, members of the community gathered in Elfers Hall to watch students perform in a series of highly-anticipated winter recitals.

On April 13 and 15, 22 students sang and performed a variety of instruments. 

Although in-person seating was limited, the recital was live-streamed on the Music Department Vimeo Page. Recordings of the performances will be posted at a later date. Mr. Fabio Witkowski, head of the visual and performing arts department, said,“[Despite the restrictions,] the music students…were still very grateful to [be able] to perform live.”

Atalia Navarro ’21, who had been rehearsing since February, sang “O del mio dolce ardor” by Christoph Willibald Gluck. Navarro said, “My time here is obviously coming to an end, but I hope that in the future, I’ll be able to carry on what I’ve learned from singing [at Hotchkiss] to wherever I’ll be going next.” Boffi Lin ’24 said, “Her voice was beautiful, and her piece really touched everyone in the audience.”

Remote students participated by sharing pre-recorded performances, which were projected on a large screen. From his home in Nanjing, China, Oliver Chen ’22 performed two Chopin etudes on the piano. While he was glad to have the opportunity to participate, Chen said, “[For me, the performance was] like a piece of cake, but I had to figure out the logistics [for the recording]. [For example,] I had to hire a professional cameraman and prepare a decent microphone.” 

Members of the school community can look forward to the Senior music recital on May 22, where Senior musicians will perform in the last recital of their Hotchkiss careers.