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Dordt students present music recitals

October 29, 2012

Three Dordt College seniors will present music recitals at Dordt College. Kyra Kats and Nathan Friend will present a joint music recital Friday, November 9, at 7:30 p.m. Maria Bouwkamp will present a recital Saturday, November 10, at 7:30 p.m. Both recitals will be in the B.J. Haan Auditorium. Receptions will follow in the lobby.

Kats, of Boise, Idaho, will perform piano works including three preludes by J.S. Bach, a set of Debussy duets (performed with her piano instructor Norma Snyder Jones), and a Chopin polonaise. “Chopin has always been my favorite composer, and I am very excited to share this piece, as well as the others, with all who want to hear,” she said. Kats is majoring in music and minoring in psychology.

Friend, of Sioux Center, Iowa, will perform pieces on the cello. A student of music instructor Karen Melik Stepanov, Friend will be accompanied on piano by Pam De Haan, Dordt College music tutor. He will perform Brahm’s “Cello Sonata in E Minor” and Popper’s “Tarantella.” Friend is a computer science major with a music performance minor. He was a featured soloist on Dordt College’s music tour through Europe in 2012.

Bouwkamp, of Pella, Iowa, will present a vocal recital with pieces from Baroque music with strings and harpsichord, musical theater pieces, opera arias, Spanish songs, and German lieder. Other participants in the recital include a string quartet made up of Gary Vander Hart, Sarah De Smith, Derek Friend, and Becky Hooyer. Bouwkamp is majoring in music performance and pedagogy and minoring in English literature and theatre arts. She has earned Honorable Mention at State NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) competitions and was part of a choir that sang Handel’s Messiah at Lincoln Center in New York City. She has also studied voice in Salsburg, Austria.

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