This month had been a particularly special one for Uptown Violins! Christy Peterson will graduate this May with her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance. As a result, we all returned to Baylor University to attend her fabulous senior recital on April 7th.
Christy began on a light note with Beethoven’s lovely Sonata No. 8, which she performed beautifully. She contrasted this classical era work with Debussy’s impressionistic Violin Sonata, a favorite among all the Peterson girls. Composed in 1917, Debussy performed it on the piano himself at the premiere shortly before his death in 1918.
Christy continued the French theme, performing the formidable Carmen Fantasy, Sarasate’s violin take on Bizet’s famous opera. Flashy and deceptively difficult, Christy personified the gypsy Carmen herself in her stunning red dress. (Her mother Allison had the opportunity to play the Carmen opera this past weekend, so it seems to be a favorite this year!)
Lastly, Christy ended the recital on her electric violin playing a classical/contemporary music mashup with sister Brittany. They began with a duet version of French composer Ravel’s gypsy work Tzigane, followed by a funky pop mix.
The entire recital was phenomenal, and we are so incredibly proud of Christy. Her teacher, Dr. Eka Gogichashvili, taught all five of us over the past 16 years, and we are so grateful to her for all of her instruction, as well as the time and dedication of our mother to help us all achieve our goal of performing our collegiate senior recitals!