Molly Tengwall, Senior Recital
Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 2 p.m.
Facebook Live Event
What music did you choose for this recital – and tell us more about why you picked certain pieces?
My repertoire for this recital is pretty varied! I start in the Baroque period before moving quickly to French Art Song, 20th-century Argentine song, and concluding with musical theater. I chose the songs I did to round out my classical wheelhouse (Handel and Faure) while also exploring newer repertoire that excites me (songs of Latin America and Broadway). The set of Argentinian songs is by Carlos Guastavino, a man I chose to study for a course final whose music was so marvelous I decided I had to sing it. As for musical theater, I chose songs that I’ve dreamt of performing for years. People who attend my recital virtually should expect to hear music they’ve never heard before; hopefully, they’ll leave with some of those songs stuck in their head.
How has your time at Augsburg prepared you for this moment?
So much time and work have led to this final performance at Augsburg. Every voice lesson (over 80 with my Augsburg instructor), class, rehearsal, test, and more have gotten me to this point. To try and quantify what has brought me to my final recital is nearly impossible.
Tell us more about why you’re having a recital?
I’m having a recital because I want to show what I am capable of after four years of study. I’m excited to have the opportunity to put my accumulated skills to work in one evening. This event feels both like the end of my time at Augsburg and also the beginning of the rest of my musical career. No pressure, right? I also know that I have many people who want to see and hear how far I have come; it would be unfair to deprive them of the chance to support me at the end of my undergraduate career. What’s maybe most important to me is that this recital will likely be the last time I perform on one of my favorite stages, a fact that I simultaneously cherish and dread.
Sharing the Recital:
The recital on Sunday, February 28 will be a Facebook Live event, and Molly hopes to post a YouTube video afterward as well.
– post compiled by Ian Heseltine ’21