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Review: Radcliffe's riveting recital resonates with fellow musicians

Staff Writer

Published: Monday, October 29, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 19:10

The UTM Department of Music presented the Senior Percussion Recital of Micaiah Radcliffe on Sunday, Oct. 21. Radcliffe is a music major, focusing on Music Education, and his recital was for partial fulfillment of his degree.

Radcliffe started his recital with a rendition of Michael Buritt’s Fermo performed on the marimba, which was an exciting and entertaining way to start out his performance. It was a well-received piece by the audience, as well as Radcliffe, which showed in his demeanor after his performance.

Radcliffe’s next piece was N. Scott Robinson’s Shaken, Not Stirred on the riqq, which is an Arabic tambourine. The piece was a suave and crisp piece, which showcased Radcliffe’s talent and his outstanding rhythm. This piece captured the audience with everyone subconsciously trying to keep beat.

The three-movement piece Bushido by John Wilmarth was Radcliffe’s next rendition performed on the timpani. The movements crescendoed with intensity from the first movement of Jin (benevolence) to the second movement of Meiyo (honor and glory) to the third movement of Yu (courage).  Radcliffe conveyed power and energy with his use of the timpani.

His next piece, Mark Glentworth’s Blues for Gilbert, was dedicated to his grandmother. The piece was performed on the vibraphone. This piece captivated the audience with its intricate and delicate melody and emotions emanating from Radcliffe. The most touching moment of the recital came when Radcliffe hugged his grandmother as he finished, while she was wiping away tears.

After thanking his family, friends, the women’s fraternity, Sigma Alpha Iota for their help ushering his recital, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, for being there for him and Dr. Julie Hill, Radcliffe performed his last piece, Mudra by Bob Becker. The piece was a compilation piece that involved other students Kerry Durso, Katie McClain, Josh Spaulding and Rachel Steiner who accompanied him on the marimbas. 

After watching Radcliffe while he performed this piece, it was obvious of his passion and dedication to his music.  It also showed his diversity and talent in being able to play the marimba, snare drum, as well as conduct all in one piece. The audience recognized this as well by applauding him for callbacks after almost every piece, and even asking for two callbacks at the end. 

Micaiah is a very talented young man who has a great future ahead of him.

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