Sept. 10 marked the first performance for the music department. The highlight of the evening was at the end when Susan Roe, singing soprano, and Wayne Jones, singing bass-baritone, performed a duet with the help of the piano accompanist, Gina Lawhon. The evening preceding the duet was nothing short of greatness.
To kick off the program, Roe performed “Early in the Morning” and conquered every note, every accent, and every vibrato with ease. Following her performance, Jones performed “Vagabond.” As his booming voice echoed through the auditorium, he showed grace and poise with every note.
As the night continued, Roe went on to sing “Chere Nuit”, “Gretchen am Spinnrade” and “Quando m’ en vo.” The audience was able to listen to the beautiful notes dance across the air while reading the translations of the foreign songs.
Jones would follow up after the stunning performance with “Oh! Quand je dors, S. 282”, “Heimliche Auffoderung” and “Morgen”. Each and every word of each song portrayed the pure happiness just to be onstage singing for a crowd accompanied by an ever growing sparkle that grew more and more prominent as the night drew closer to an end.
The remainder of the songs that Roe and Jones sang consisted of two religious pieces, “It Is Well With My Soul” and “Deep River”. Roe would then follow with the song “Summertime”. Before the memorable duet “Bess, You Is My Woman” was performed, Wayne ended the collection of solos with “Not Like This”.
In a summary, this first performance for the music department foreshadows a glorious year for the ABAC concert band, jazz band, jazz choir and concert choir. The performance from the faculty of Lawhon, Roe and Jones is only a quick insight into the devotion and passion they have for music.