ASHLEY WALDEN | STAFF REPORTER
On the evening of Valentine’s Day, Chloe Boelter performed her Sophomore Recital for Butler students, faculty, family and friends. Her performance showcased a variety of music, from pretty classical pieces to peppy jazz numbers.
This recital was unique, since it was not a required junior or senior recital, but rather Boelter’s voluntary showcase of her current repertoire.
The recital began with the classic Italian opera aria, “Deh, vieni, non tardar” from Le Nozze di Figaro, which was precise with intonation and emotion.
She continued the recital with lovely French pieces by Reynaldo Hahn and Francis Poulenc, relating the foreign language with facial expression and stage presence.
Touching performances of “Bill” from Show Boat and “My Funny Valentine” displayed Boelter’s sensitive side, while Boelter’s light-hearted sassiness in “All of Me” and “Let’s Call the Whole Thing off” evoked a happy atmosphere in the audience.
Boelter’s original jazz rendition of “Creep” by Radiohead was the highlight of the show, as she and the jazz band displayed their spontaneous talent and fun spirit with solos and improvisation.
After Boelter and the jazz band excited the stage, the unabating applause invoked an encore of “Take the ‘A’ Train.”
The standing ovation from everyone proved the recital to be a success.
“Chloe’s recital was beautifully done,” exclaimed Music Performance major Alexandro Cazares, describing Boelter’s voice as “powerful and full of character.”
Voice Performance major Rachel Purvis also thought the recital “was amazing,” and said it was awesome to hear Boelter sing in a jazz style, as she had only heard Boelter’s classical voice in the voice studio.
Professor Mary Anne Scott, Boelter’s instructor of voice, commented that the recital “highlighted Chloe’s versatility” as a singer.
Though Chloe is “most familiar with the jazz style of singing, she also wants to be classically trained,” Scott said, “and this recital showed that she can do both.”