Upper Strings Recital features students’ musical talent

The students of Dr. Marion Judish’s Upper Strings class featured their musical skills at their end of semester recital this past Friday, Dec 4th. According to Dr. Judish, who has been the upper strings professor for 29 years at SCSU, the upper strings students play either violin or viola.

The musical pieces the performance featured ranged from J.S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Max Bruch, Samuel Barber, Franz Schubert, Giuseppe Tartini, and Giovanni Viotti, providing a wide selection of classical music.

Grace Mertz, a Sophomore SCSU student and violinist, played the Second Movement of Max Bruch’s Concerto in G Minor in the recital, commenting on the selection of the piece she performed.

“Dr. Marion picks something that she thinks would be good for us, I played the first movement last year and she thought I was at a time where I could play this piece with emotion,” Mertz said.

“Overall I was really happy with my performance, it was probably the best I’ve ever played,” added Mertz.

When asked how she got into violin. Mertz commented, “My sister and I started violin when we were very young and we kept each other motivated to stick with it.”

Grace’s sister, Rachel Mertz played Sicillene by Giuseppe Tartini.

Mari Liestman, Senior SCSU violinist who played the first movement of Felix Mendelssohn’s Concerto in E minor said, “It’s the best performance I’ve done, I had a bad lesson last week and I really pulled it together.”

When discussing how stressful her performance was Liestman added, “I really don’t get too worked up about performances any more, I’ve played in a lot of them.”

Dr. Judish Marion, who according to her SCSU Faculty webpage, has also been the concertmaster for the St. Cloud Symphony for the past 27 years in addition to the upper strings professor at SCSU.

Commenting on her classes performance Dr. Marion said, “Always at the end of the semester we have a performance and I thought everyone did very well.”

“A couple of students even surprised me tonight by performing their pieces by memory, and they all pulled through with a wonderful performance.” Dr. Marion added.

As a professor of music, Dr. Marion also commented on how she felt society recognizes classical music, stating, “People don’t appreciate classical music as much as they did, I feel like this generation is loosing the classics and they need to get that in their education.”

When asked how she felt about live performance’s impact on music, Dr. Marion said, “I make the students in my music classes go to four concerts and they always tell me that the live concerts have made the greatest impact.”

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