Stephanie L’Heureux, senior piano performance major, first touched a piano when she was three years old and it has been a large part of her life ever since. L’Heureux’s sister inspired her to start taking lessons.
Now, L’Heureux is performing her senior recital this Friday, Nov. 16 in the Morrison Center Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. as one of the final steps in her professional piano performing and teaching career.
“My school is music, my work is music, most of the fun things I do are music so I don’t have a lot else on my brain,” L’Heureux said. “I just kind of always assumed I’d go into piano because I’m already good at it.”
L’Heureux is setting herself apart from other senior recitals by bringing a few unique aspects to the recital hall for her performance. In addition to well-rehearsed memorized piano pieces, L’Heureux will also perform on the cello, one of her other musical inclinations. L’Heureux composed the piece for piano and cello, and rather than be seated at the piano, L’Heureux will exchange her bench for a chair and her cello.
After L’Heureux plays out of her comfort zone on the cello, she will resume her place at the piano and provide another quirk to her recital.
A slideshow will accompany one of her pieces to provide the audience with a visual aspect to her performance.
“It’s a really long piece,” L’Heureux said. “People have pretty short attention spans. I know I do when I listen to it. I decided if I did that it would break it up a little bit, add something interesting and I think each of the variations have a pretty clear emotion or mood they evoke so it was pretty easy to picture what I thought would work with each one. I think it’s more fun that way, to add something else.”
With the inclusion of a cello piece and visuals, L’Heureux said she hopes it will be an interesting and enjoyable performance.