Senior presents music compositions at recital

Sara Levering, Staff Writer

Logan Mays, ’16, received a standing ovation following his recital, featuring his compositions over the four years he has been at Linfield.

Mays presented his creations as a composer in Ice auditorium. He is a music major with an emphasis in composition with a double minor in education and mathematics. The concert featured many music students including conductor Jamie Bostock, ’17, Camille Weber, ’16, as a clarinet player and Rachael Conway, ’17, as a French horn player and many more.

Linfield alumna Susan McDaniel played flawlessly on piano. It was a nice blend of softness, as well as deep tones.

Next was Mays singing “The Way,” which he wrote himself. The song had a comical tone through the lyrics, which made the audience laugh.

The song “Flight” was conducted by Mays and performed by Quillan Bourassa, ’16, on clarinet, Anna Vanderschaegen, ’18, on cello, and Sophia Reinhardt, 18’, on piano. It also featured Eve Brindis, ’16, as a dancer which encompassed the bird-like story. Mays envisioned a dance interpretation with the music that would tell a story.

Mays also presented a paper exploring the “relationship between text, melody, harmony, and texture in Felix Mendelssohn’s ‘Nunc Dimittis,’” which was written in 1847. He discussed the opening section as an “imitative measure,” and as having a “progressive unification of the piece which leaves a powerful impact,” Mays said.

Ehren Cahill, ’17, concluded the recital with a brilliantly composed piece entitled “Jacqueline for Piano,” which is very personal to Mays as it is in honor of his grandmother.