Senior Madison Gubata performs her final recital
Senior Madison Gubata started playing the flute in fourth grade.
On November 13, 2021, over 10 years later, Gubata played her senior recital on the Alumni Recital Hall stage. Gubata received a standing ovation from her friends, family and other Keene community members in the audience.
“[Flute] just clicked from an early age and I was able to expand on it and work at the skill. It never felt like a chore to have to do it, which I think, for me, was really rewarding,” Gubata said.
After selecting her recital repertoire over the summer, Gubata has been working all semester to prepare. “It’s been very labor intensive,” Gubata said. “A lot of work has definitely gone into all of the pieces, because the repertoire is very difficult. So there’s been a lot of work.”
Gubata opened her recital with a sonata by Johann Sebastian Bach. She played with piano accompaniment by Vladimir Odinokikh. This particular sonata “is considered to be a standard repertoire piece for the flute,” according to the program notes.
Following was “Image” by French composer Eugéne Bozza, in which Gubata performed solo without any accompaniment. Gubata said she looked forward to sharing this particular piece due to its lyrical and melodic qualities. The musical techniques used in the piece “give it this illusion of peaceful and then crazy and peaceful and crazy,” Gubata said.
Much of the performance repertoire utilizes several flute techniques and is very “range heavy,” Gubata said.
Before starting the final piece of the recital, Gubata took a moment to thank her flute teacher, Robin Matathias, who she has worked with for four years at KSC. She also thanked her family and friends, waving at them from on stage.
For the final piece, Gubata performed alongside Matathias. Odinokikh also joined for piano accompaniment. The trio performed “Andante et Rondo” by flute virtuoso and composer Albert Franz Doppler.
This performance marked a significant step for Gubata in completing her degree. Gubata said studying flute at Keene State has allowed her to grow considerably as a musician. “I really enjoyed my time playing flute here,” Gubata said. “I enjoyed working with my flute teacher and practicing, for me, was really enjoyable.”
Gubata continued, “I’ve definitely felt myself progress, even through COVID and stuff, I definitely felt like I’ve been able to really expand on my musical knowledge, which I think is really rewarding.”
For more information about other music events, concerts and recitals, visit the Redfern Arts Center website.
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