ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University students Robert Klassen Jr. and Hillary Sward will perform their joint senior recital on March 30 at Krikac Auditorium. The free event begins at 3 p.m. and the public is welcome.
Klassen studies vocal and instrumental music education, and will sing a generous number of pieces. His portion of the recital will include “Giá il sole dal Gange” by Scarlatti, “Loveliest of Trees” and “Golden Friends” by Ivor Gurney, “Lydia” by Gabriel Fauré, “J’ai pleuré en rêve” by Georges Hüe, and “Le Miroir” by Gustave Ferrari, as well as a few pieces by Alice Parker. Kay Fischer will provide his accompaniment.
Sward also studies instrumental education, and will impress with both her voice and her trumpet. She plans to sing the slow, silky jazz piece “Moonglow” by Will Hudson and Irving Mills and “The Lovely Song my Heart is Singing” by Edmund Goulding. She will pick up her trumpet for a number of solos including “Allegro” by Antonio Vivaldi and “Choral et Variations” by Marc Delmas. She will be accompanied by Mary Marion.
Sward will also be joined by Amanda Wentz on trumpet, Brandon Sieck on French horn, Joseph Weseloh on trombone, and Robert Conrad on tuba for the ensemble “Canzona per sonare No. 1” by Giovanni Gabrieli.
Klassen grew up in Sioux City, Iowa, to parents Robert and Donna Klassen. He graduated from South Sioux City High School in 2009, and upon visiting NSU, he remarked how he “instantly felt like home.” After graduating in spring 2015, he plans to move to Omaha, Neb., to teach.
Sward hails from Dell Rapids, S.D., to parents Kelly and Angie Sward. She chose to attend NSU after graduating from Dell Rapids High School in 2010. She plans to teach in the Midwest.