Nathan Greves’ senior vocal recital was presented at the Brodbeck Concert Hall located in the Center for the Arts building on November 13 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Greves’ piano accompanists were Rob Shepherd and Elyse Harvancik. Prompted by Greves’ entry on stage, the audience greeted the main major of the choir and general music with instant applause.
Greves’ attention to detail kept audiences in silent anticipation between character changes. There were 17 songs performed by Greves, eight of them sung in a foreign language. The senior vocal recital was organized into four themes: Moon, Stars, Universe and Me. The singer seemed transformed with each play and easily changed characters using facial expressions, arm gestures, stage movements and vocal distinctions unique to each character.
Some of the characters Greves sang have been described as melancholy, hopeless, hopelessly optimistic, thoughtful, curious, declarative, or romantic. In a rhetorical manner, Greves addressed the audience and asked them questions so convincingly that it would have made sense for the audience to respond aloud with their answers.
During the “Moon” theme, Greves seemed to feel arpeggios in the songs with the movement of a hand and sang “Total Eclipse”, a song about grief; “Clair de Lune”, which is French for moonlight and unapproachable beauty; “Beau soir”, which is French for beautiful evening and on the gift of being alive; and âStÃ¤ndchen,â which means serenade in German and speaks of âcreating memories that will be remembered forever under the light of the moon,â Greves wrote in the program brochure. According to Greves, these songs conveyed a range of emotions evoked by the moon.
During the âStarsâ theme, Greves sang âMein schÃ¶ner Stern! Which is German for my beautiful star and on the untouchable purity of the stars; âPregÃºntale a las estrellasâ, which is Spanish for asking the stars and about unrequited desire; “Night of Stars”, which is French for the Starry Night and is a melancholy play; and âThere Will Be Stars,â an article on âhow humans are just a small oversight from a star’s life,â Greves wrote. It was during this theme that the vocal scale was elegantly presented as Greves’ voice swelled far below and above the staff.
In the theme titled âUniverse,â Greves sang âDeposuit Potentes,â which speaks of the benevolent wrath of God; “Fruhlingstraum” which consists in wishing for what could never be; âFebruary Twilightâ, which tells the story of the beauty of the universe; “When I think of young girls”, which speaks of eternal love; and âFor Foreverâ, which consists of navigating the world to find one’s place. Greves wrote: âThe universe is a massive, nebulous and powerful concept. We humans are often confused and amazed by this. Greves demonstrated calm, breathless phrasing to contrast the loud staccatos during this part of the performance.
Throughout the final theme titled “Me,” Greves sang “Money-O!” on how wealth cannot create happiness; âDon’t go my loveâ, about the loss of a loved one; and “I am Aldolpho”, about unabashed trust. Greves starred as Aldolpho in Sweeney Todd’s production of Platteville, directed by Dr. Ann Farrelly.
Greves ended “I am Aldolpho” with a tap-like dance that resulted in both hands being tossed in the air. Once the show was over, Greves graciously left the stage and returned with the two accompanists. They were greeted with a standing ovation by a room of about 30 people. When Greves left the stage again, a few minutes passed and the hallway outside the theater again erupted in applause for the lead singer.