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On Saturday afternoon, Callie Dupree performed a solo percussion recital for a crowd comprised of her friends and family in the Performance Hall in the Covington Center.
Performing five selections that she has worked hard to perfect through the years, everyone would admit her recital was a success.
Her introductory piece, “Inspirations Diabolique,” a multiple percussion solo composed by Rickey Tagawa, utilized a cacophony of percussion instruments idiosyncratic to the medium.
The two movements she played contrasted one another in rhythmic composites.
The opening movement being slow and the closing continuously flowing.
“Maddie,” composed for solo marimba by Dr. Robert Sanderl of RU for his goddaughter in 2010, is a favorite of Dupree’s.
“The piece is a ballad in nature and is directed to be performed with much rubato at the performer’s pleasure,” Dupree said.
It was apparent Dupree had chosen this piece to perform due to her favorable interpretation.
Her expressions matched the music that came from the instrument and provided the warm, connected tone desired to make the piece a success.
Her third piece, “Rondo for Timpani” by Rich Holly, was a unique selection to the program. The piece has the performer play with two and four mallets respectively on five different drums.
The coordination to play this piece well was a challenge in itself, apart from musical accuracy.
Next, Dupree performed “Old Sue,” a drum solo for snare drum by Charles Wilcoxon. This challenging solo was based upon certain drum rudiments utilizing a swing feel which has grown more popular today.
The final piece on the recital was “Rhapsody No. 2 for Solo Timpani,” composed by Alexis A. Orfaly. It seemed as though Dupree was improvising at points in the piece, but this is actually how it was written.
In order for success, the piece must be played with extreme fluidity allowing the melodies to flow through smoothly.
Dupree is a senior music therapy major at RU and is pursuing her dreams of becoming a board certified music therapist.
She has been a part of the percussion studio studying under Sanderl for four years.
Since attending RU, she has traveled with the percussion ensemble to perform in the International Percussion Ensemble Week in Bjelovar, Croatia; the Virginia Music Educators Association Conference in Norfolk, The Taubman Art Museum in Roanoke and the Washington, DC Day of Percussion in Reston, Va.
Dupree is an active member of the Alpha Zeta chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon, one of the professional music fraternities on campus, and has served as the social chair, recording secretary and parliamentarian.
In August, she will be moving to Omaha, Neb., to complete an internship at the Madonna School focusing on work with children with developmental disabilities.
By: Jesse Lykins