ABERDEEN, S.D. – The upcoming winter concert of the Aberdeen University/Civic
Symphony will feature the winners of the annual NSU Concerto/Aria Competition.
Northern State University students Megan Rose Case and Jordan Seidel will perform at the 7 p.m. Feb. 24 concert in the Johnson Fine Arts Center.
Mezzo-soprano Case, the vocal winner of the Dec. 9 competition, will perform “Parto, parto, ma tu, ben mio” from Mozart’s opera “La Clemenza di Tito.”
“I chose to perform this piece because it has so many dimensions. It moves from incredibly sad to almost demanding and then finally extremely happy,” Case said. “Also, the piece allows me to show both my lyrical and technical skill. I am really able to show my musicianship with this piece, and it's a lot of fun to sing!”
Percussionist Jordan Seidel, the instrumental winner, will perform “Serenata for Marimba/Vibraphone and Strings” by Ney Rosauro – a work that involves playing both marimba
and vibraphone, sometimes simultaneously.
“When I first discovered this piece, I thought it was very cool that it was for two instruments at once. Then a couple of days later I realized the melody was still stuck in my head,” Seidel said. “I listened to it again and decided that I needed to play this piece because it was so beautiful and well-rounded as a piece of music. It is written so well, it is easily one of my favorite pieces of literature for any instrument.”
Case is a senior vocal and instrumental music education major from Scranton, N.D. She is a student of Dr. Darci Bultema, and has also studied with Dr. Timothy Woods and in master classes with Abra Bush and Philip Everingham. She sang the role of the Confidante in “The Phantom of the Opera” and Kate in “Legally Blonde.” In 2012, she attended the Johanna Meier Opera Theatre Institute. Case is in the process of applying to graduate programs in vocal performance and plans to perform professionally and teach voice.
Seidel is a senior instrumental music education major from Rapid City. He is a student of Dr. Terry Beckler and has performed in the Symphonic Band, Marching Wolves, orchestra, percussion ensemble and jazz ensembles. He has also performed in pit orchestras on percussion for “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Legally Blonde,” “The Drowsy Chaperone” and “The Light in the Piazza,” as well as for “Xanadu” and “The Last Five Years” on electric bass. He plans to pursue graduate studies in music.
Top photo: Case; bottom photo: Seidel