Nagahara Tackles Challenging Program

Miki Nagahara ’13 took to the stage with a burst of applause from the audience at her Senior Recital, a performance that marked the height and culmination of her musical career at Andover.

Nagahara kicked off the evening with “Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 27” by Eugene Ysaye, a piece dedicated to the composer’s friend.

“I find the melodies in [the] Ysaye very inventive. Other than focusing on one line, it focuses on multiple melodic lines, especially that violin is a one voice instrument,” said Gabriel Parlin ’14.

Nagahara’s piano accompanist, Yong Murray, joined the performance starting in the second piece, “Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major, Op 78” by Johannes Brahms, onward. Murray, a Senior from Concord Academy, met Nagahara at the age of 12 at a music camp.

After the intermission, Nagahara and Murray brought the audience back to music with the “Five Melodies” by Sergei Prokofiev.

“We dug out the Prokofiev three weeks ago. It is actually a lot harder for the pianist, so I just threw this piece in [Yong’s] way. It was a lot of fun,” joked Nagahara.

“Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Minor,” Claude Debussy’s final composition before his death in 1918, closed the recital, winning a long-lasting stand ovation from the audience.

“[My favorite was] definitely the Debussy. I love the collaboration between [Nagahara and Murray]. You can tell that they’ve known each other for a long time. The long notes through the long passages caught your attention at the beginning,” said Isabel Bolo ’14.

“I was most excited to perform the Debussy, just because it has so many different things going on in it. It is kind of like a piece of watercolor, complete with a lot of amazing colors and textures,” said Nagahara.