"An Afternoon of Romantic Lyricism” - A Joint Student Recital

For their combined senior recital Alyson Carr, soprano and Huiqi (Sherlock) Xu, piano will present works by Debussy, Liszt, Chopin, and Clara Schumann.
Alyson Carr, soprano
Huiqi (Sherlock) Xu, piano
Huiqi (Sherlock) Xu
         Xu started playing the piano at the age of four, and by the time when he turned twelve, he had accomplished all levels of assessment as an amateur pianist in China’s Central Conservatory of Music. The same year he won the first prize in the regional piano color for youth (ages between 11 and 13) and the third prize in color at the municipal level in Beijing. At the age of 18, Xu started learning some Chinese folk songs such as The Liuyang River, which he presented a year later at the audition for the Sewanee Symphony Orchestra with the encouragement of Maestro Cesar Leal. During the first two years of his involvement in the orchestra, Xu joined the piano studio of Dr. Bernadette Lo and participated in the annual Halloween concerts, a concert for the music of Latin America, Listen, and seasonal winter concerts. He also presented The Rhapsody in Blue at the Steppin Out concert in spring of 2014. Also, he actively accompanied in both orchestral concerts and instrumental juries. In Fall of 2015, Xu went on a study abroad trip to Paris and took weekly lessons with François Kerdoncuff, the chief director of Conservatoire Camille Saint-Saëns, and learned the Ballade No.1(Op. 23) by Frédéric Chopin and the third movement of Sonatine by Maurice Ravel. In Fall 2016, Xu interpreted Franz Liszt’s Totentanz S.126 with Sewanee Symphony Orchestra.
          “The best moment of playing the piano is when I can incorporate my imagination into the piece. The incorporation helps me understand the piece as well as the composer better, and I enjoy doing it.”
Alyson Carr
         Alyson Carr is a double major in Music and Economics and is a Senior at the College. She has always loved to sing and make music. Alyson began to really pursue music and voice when she joined the St. John’s Cathedral Choir at age 11. She sang with them until moving to attend Sewanee where she joined the University Choir. Since coming to Sewanee, Alyson has sung in cathedrals across the east coast, including the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. She has also been a part of the choir in residence at both Peterborough and Norwich Cathedral, UK. After graduation, she will be pursuing her Masters in Education and getting ready for her next residency at Bristol Cathedral, UK. 


St. Luke's Chapel