Union ‘piano man’ Drew Ivarson tickles the ivories for senior recital

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(Concordiensis | Sarah Chang)

It is safe to say that most members of the Union community have had the privilege of hearing Drew Ivarson ’15 play the piano.

On Monday, April 6, in Memorial Chapel, Ivarson performed in his Senior Recital as the culmination of his musical career at Union. Ivarson’s Senior Recital was part of Taylor Time, a series of concerts that occur every Monday evening of every term at Union.

Ivarson’s repetoire included Johann Sebastian Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in F minor, BWV 857,” Ludwig van Beethoven’s “ Sonata Op. 31, No. 3 ‘The Hunt,’ Franz Liszt’s “Un Sospiro,” Frédéric Chopin’s “Scherzo No. 2 in b-flat minor, Opus 31” and Béla Bartók’s “Out of Doors, Sz. 81.”

Chair of the Department of Music and College Organist Professor Diane McMullen introduced Ivarson, delivering a speech full of high praise for his talent and drive.

In her speech, McMullen described her first encounter with Ivarson, saying, “Drew knocked on my door and said, ‘I want to major in music.’”

She revealed that, shockingly enough, at the time he began his first year at Union, Ivarson had only been playing the piano for a year and a half.

McMullen explained, “Drew is interested in everything about music.”

This became completely evident as she explained his musical involvement on campus, including the Union College Chorale, Union College Community Orchestra and Camerata Singers.

According to McMullen, Ivarson not only plays piano, but also timpani, triangle and recorder, in addition to singing tenor.

The audience included students from every class, faculty from a wide variety of departments, Union staff and President Stephen C. Ainlay himself.

When Ivarson entered the stage in his black suit and black dress shirt, he matched the glossy black Steinway and Sons grand piano perfectly.

Ivarson’s performance garnered a standing ovation from the entire audience.

Ivarson’s perseverance in mastering piano performance is truly and inspiration to the entire Union community.

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