On Tuesday night, I attended the Junior/Senior Recital at Mississippi University for Women in Poindexter Hall. Last night, Bryson Robinson, Megan Searcy, and Mollie Phillips gave an outstanding performance.
Bryson Robinson, a tenor at Mississippi University for Women, was the first to the stage at 7:30 p.m. Robinson’s first song was “Widmung” by Robert Schumann. He came out with a powerful tenor voice. His voice carried to the back of the room. Robinson’s voice could also be delicate at times but still have the capacity to command attention. The second time Robinson took the stage, I loved the performance. He sang “Un’ aura amorosa” from Cosi fan tutte. He seemed so relaxed and comfortable. His voice kept a melodic tone through the song. The last song Robinson sang was “Creole Girl” from Nightsongs. This song was fast-pace number. Robinson’s voice never skipped a beat. He really got into the groove of “Creole Girl” Robinson started to salsa on stage. As an audience, it is an enjoyment to watch the singer having a great time as well. Robinson was connected to each song he sang and it really shined through in his performance.
Mollie Phillips, a soprano at MUW, started off with “Mondnacht” by Robert Schumann. Phillips did an excellent job with this song. Her soprano voice was so fragile, and made me hang on to every word. The audience could feel the mood and tone she was setting. Phillips’ second song was a lively beat. She kept suspense in her voice which kept me intrigued. Phillips did a great job singing “Long Time Ago” from Old American Songs. “Ching-a-ring” from Old American Songs was the last song for Philips to sing. The audience could tell she was having fun as she was smiling and holding long notes. She is so delicate with the way she sings and was a pleasure to watch.
Megan Searcy, a soprano, started out singing “Stizzoso, mio stizzoso from La Serva Padrona. Searcy was a joy to watch. I loved how even though she stood by the piano, she still had movement throughout her body. She had a liveliness and excitement in her voice that made it easy to watch her. Her second performance, “Leid der Mignon” by Franz Schubert, was a slower tempo than the first. I loved the subtlety she portrayed through the song. Searcy brought an energetic tone to the stage that made it engaging to watch.
The recital was an absolute joy to attend. Robinson, Phillips, and Searcy did an outstanding job.