Albion College student Mary Poirier will be performing her senior vocal recital Friday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Goodrich Chapel. Poirier sings Robert Schumann's "Eichendorff Liederkreis," J.S. Bach's "Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen," selections from Samuel Barber's Op. 13, and Claude Debussy's "Fêtes Galantes I." She will be accompanied by pianist David Gilliland and oboist Lucas Florin.
"I first became academically involved in music in my junior year of high school," says Poirier, "After I began with choir, I also joined marching band and orchestra, and my love of music has continued to grow since then. Through this recital, I hope to present my appreciation of varying works and technical skills."
A large portion of the recital will be the twelve songs of Robert Schumann's "Eichendorff Liederkreis" song cycle. This work showcases the romantic art song, capturing the mystical and ethereal characteristics of nature. Another component of this recital will be the first movement of a Bach Cantata, featuring the excellent musicianship of oboist Lucas Florin, in which oboe and vocal lines weave and intertwine with each other to create a beautiful melody of pensive longing.
A music and anthropology/sociology double major from Dearborn, Michigan, Poirier has been involved in many musical organizations on campus, including several ensembles. She is the corresponding secretary of Sigma Alpha Iota, the women's musical fraternity on campus, as well as a member Kappa Kappa Psi, the honorary band fraternity. She is currently vice president of Concert Choir, and other ensembles she has been involved in include the British Eighth marching band, Briton Singers, and Women's Chorus, and she is a recipient of the Helen Koether scholarship. Poirier studies voice with Emily Benner.