Spoleto Festival USA: May 30, 2013

Today we gave our first Westminster Choir concert.  You can read a review of our concert here.  We managed to keep our emotions in check – we still have many more performances of the opera, the Verdi Requiem with the festival orchestra and Dr. Flummerfelt, and one final Westminster Choir Concert still ahead. 

Westminster Choir Altos in Mese Mariano/ Le Villi

Lena Andreala
BM, Voice Performance, 2015

  • Favorite Charleston Restaurant: Hall’s Chop House because the service was really good and the food was heavenly.
  • If you could live in any historic era: I would choose the 50s because I’m obsessed with Mad Men. 
  • Favorite Spoleto memory so far: Westminster Choir taking over Pantheon, because everyone was together and we were all having a good time. 

Magdalena Delgado
MM, Choral Conducting, 2014

  • Favorite Charleston Restaurant: 82 Queen because of the fancy southern meals
  • If you could live in any historic era: 60s because I would have loved being a part of the expression of liberty in the streets and fight against the war in Vietnam.
  • Favorite Spoleto memory so far: Visiting the Smtih-Reahard family at the beach party.

Gillian Hurst
BM, Voice Performance, 2014

  • Favorite Charleston Restaurant: Kudu because coffee runs in my veins.
  • If you could live in any historic era: I would like to have lived in the Fertile Crescent before agriculture because you could live the most according to our natural states – to be in communion with the earth.
  • Favorite Spoleto memory so far: Late night walks to the battery and swings

Katerina Nowik
BM, Voice Performance, 2013

  • Favorite Charleston Restaurant: It is not really a restaurant, but the 32 degrees frozen yogurt bar
  • If you could live in any historic era: I narrowed it down to 9th century Spain, and I would want to live there because of the infusion of culture and knowledge that produced that fabulous artwork architecturally and musically.
  • Favorite Spoleto memory so far: I think it was singing at the Smith-Reahard family home.  It was touching to see the generations of the family, and that they understood as well as we did what it meant to be a part of the Westminster family.

Jordan Saul
MM, Choral Conducting, 2013

  • Favorite Charleston Restaurant: Husk because the food is excellent ingredients prepared exceptionally well. 
  • If you could live in any historic era:  I would like to live in Paris between WWI and WWII, when the air was rife with artistic possibility and new schools of style were burgeoning like poppies in spring. 
  • Favorite Spoleto memory so far: The final Westminster Choir concert and the late night conversations with roommates and friends

Erinn Sensenig
BM, Music Education, 2015

  • Favorite Charleston Restaurant: It is not really a restaurant – it is called Glazed Doughnut, I think, and it has the best doughnuts I have ever had.
  • If you could live in any historic era: I think ancient Greece because I love the place, I love the mythology, and I am fascinated by the technology that was there at the time that seems like more than they should have had.  And togas are cool, too. 
  • Favorite Spoleto memory so far:  Seeing A Midsummer Night’s Dream – it was so magical.  It was imaginative and beautiful. 

Anne Marie Stanley
BM, Voice Performance, 2014

  • Favorite Charleston Restaurant: Mellow Mushroom.  The Holy Shitake pie will change your life.
  • If you could live in any historic era:  I’d like to live in the late 1800s because I feel like my voice would fit in there. 
  • Favorite Spoleto memory so far: Being at the beach at night, and watching the algae glow in the water.  That along with the starry night sky was probably the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. 

Vivian Suen
MM, Choral Conducting, 2014

  • Favorite Charleston Restaurant: Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Patissier because they have different pastries every day and they are delicious. 
  • If you could live in any historic era: The 50s because I could wear the Chinese long dress (cheongsam).  It is the traditional Chinese dress style, and I could understand how it would feel in that situation to sacrifice your physical being for the limitations of beauty.  
  • Favorite Spoleto memory so far: Beach time – it was the first time for me to see the sea without anything blocking it.  
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Left to right, bottom to top
Floor: Gillian Hurst
Front row: Erinn Sensenig, Magdalena Delgado, Jordan Saul
Second Row: Anne Marie Stanley, Vivian Suen, Lena Andreala
Top: Katerina Nowik

 

About Westminster Choir

Westminster Choir is composed of students at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, a center for music study in Princeton, N.J.
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