She walked onstage in a red knee-length dress and black heels, with jeweled pins in her hair.
Anna Mullinaux was the center of attention as she performed piano pieces for her senior recital.
This recital was part of the degree requirements for a bachelor of music in music education.
All music majors have to do a senior recital before they graduate. Mullinaux was one of the earlier students to perform this year.
“All of the pieces I enjoyed,” Mullinaux said. “I needed to pick something with variety so yeah I had a lot of variety in the program, which was fun. I think that my favorite from the genres that I’ve had, like I love Gershwin. It’s as close to jazz as I’ve ever gotten. I’m not a jazz pianist and so getting the jazziness but in a setting that I can learn makes it fun.”
The pieces Mullinaux chose were influenced by the teachers she has had throughout the years. She said she especially enjoyed playing a piece by Gershwin at the end of the recital.
“She did really well,” said Jude Streicher, sophomore piano composition major. “She played really confidently and sounded great at the piano. Every piece sounded really, really good. I really love the Chopin that she started with, that piece just had such a cool kind of feel to it and I loved it, loved that she brought it in.”
Her songs included pieces from all periods that encompass the piano, including Romanticism, Baroque, Classicism and the 20th century.
“I loved them (song choice), they were gorgeous,” said Jessica Tweedie, sophomore piano performance major. “I loved the variety between them. There’s all the periods and just beautiful, loved it. I think I really liked the Gershwin piece, the last one. I saw the fire and emotion between them, different emotions.”
Senior recitals are performed throughout the year in the Morrison Center Recital Hall. Mullinaux was one of the first and there will be more.