State Fair Community College will present a free faculty recital featuring baritone Ron Sayer, Music Arts coordinator and voice instructor, and pianist Cynthia Groff, adjunct music instructor, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19 in the Stauffacher Theatre on the Sedalia campus.
Sayer and Groff will share some of their favorite songs for their respective instruments.
Groff will perform songs familiar to most audience members. Among her selections are Debussy’s “Clair de Lune,” Mozart’s “Turkish Rondo” and the first movement of Beethoven’s “Pathetique” sonata.
Sayer will perform selections by Schubert, Vaughn Williams and Barber in a program he calls “Songs My Students Taught Me.”
“All the selections will be pieces I learned when I was the age my students are now, but I didn’t feel I fully understood them musically or interpretively until I began teaching them,” Sayer said. “Being on the other side of the music stand, you grasp nuances of compositions that aren’t so obvious when you’re a student.”
Sayer is in his fifth year at SFCC. In addition to his program duties, he directs the college choirs and teaches voice, Music Appreciation, Music History, and History of Rock ’n Roll courses.
Groff teaches piano, Music Theory and Aural Training classes at SFCC. She also gives private piano lessons to all ages, from grade school students to adults.
“Cindy and I believe it’s important for students to see their teachers perform,” Sayer said. “Our students often find performing in recitals nerve-racking and frustrating, but it’s an accepted rite of passage in music performance.
“We want to show them that we once experienced the same feelings. We hope they and the community will find it a relaxed and enjoyable evening of music.”
For more information about upcoming music and theatre productions and art exhibitions at SFCC, visit www.sfccmo.edu/thearts.
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