A little girl in front of me shed a few tears at the crescendo of a piece called “Pas de Deux” performed by a guest performer and Linfield alumnus.
Portland violinist Casey Bozell, accompanied by Linfield graduate Christopher Engbreston, performed a recital March 2 in Delkin Recital Hall. The violin and the piano played together in a symbiotic relationship.
Casey is a part of numerous orchestras in Oregon and is currently an instructor at Concordia University where she teaches the violin. There, she is able to meet with other musicians and conductors to try and bring a new twist on the pieces she performs.
One piece, called “Baffling String,” was a world premiere, and the writer of the piece, Amelia Bierly, was in there to give an introduction to the song.
In attendance at the event was a large amount of McMinnville residents, along with students, professors and President Thomas Hellie.
President Hellie shared his thoughts on the performance and he said, “The performance was brilliant. It is always great seeing a former Linfield student play so well… Casey was absolutely wonderful and we’re so lucky to have opportunities like this on campus.”
The music was like a fire as it burned bright and constantly changed its form, bringing different feelings into the room. There are a number of future faculty recitals, which students should attend to broaden their music horizons beyond pop music on the radio.
Quinn Carlin/Staff Writer
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