Ensemble Recital Brings High Level of Performance

On Saturday, we enjoyed one of our biggest events of the year: Ensemble Recital. Congratulations, students on your very fine performances, a special shout out to those who earned awards!

Students entertained the full audience with piano duos, string ensembles, guitar duets, and even some singing from our youngest learners.

Teachers and parents, you should be very proud. Your students played with poise and confidence!

Don’t forget- anyone is invited to attend these recitals even if you are not performing.  There is always something new to see and hear. This year we enjoyed two beautiful Minuets that were arranged for strings and piano by Mr. Chris. Also this time around we had a 6-hand piano performance by piano faculty Ms. Grace, Ms. Simmi, and Ms. Rucker, replete with antics!

To see pictures from the event, visit our post for the 9:30 recital here and the 12:00 recital here!

 

12:00 PM Ensemble Recital Photos

9:30 AM Ensemble Recital Photos

Ensemble Recitals Coming Up!

There is a buzz in the air as we get closer to this great event for our entire CYM family.

If your student is one who is performing, you are no doubt hearing many run-through performances of their part. This week should be spent in practice performances as often as possible. Don’t forget to practice bowing, as well!

At each recital we will feature a faculty string ensemble playing music arranged by our own Mr. Chris, as well as an early childhood presentation of Zum Gali Gali, complete with ukulele accompaniment! Award presentation will also take place at both recitals, and Mr. Jake will be taking photos throughout.

A couple of reminders for performers: 

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your recital time, check in with Ms. Karen, and find your seat. Students will sit in their assigned seat for the entire recital. Please dress nicely, and be sure your outfit is one in which you are comfortable performing. And don’t forget these thoughts about recital etiquette and easy ways to be a good audience:

Ensemble Recitals, November 9, 2019, at 9:30 am and 12:00 pm

First Unitarian Church Shadyside, 605 Morewood Avenue

 

Beo String Quartet Performing in Pittsburgh

Readers of our website and newsletter may recall an article I wrote last spring featuring the Beo String Quartet. Our own Mr. Ryan is a member of this forward-thinking, 21st century group that is becoming one of the top ensembles performing today! If you missed that first installment, check it out here.

Mr. Ryan, center stage

The quartet is making a stop in Pittsburgh on November 6th. Their tour includes concerts in Las Vegas, New York, Long Island, Louisville, Philadelphia, and Ambler. The program, called Refractions, is a Beo String Quartet original production that showcases four unique and exciting works, each with a link to light and its transformation. Each of the featured works offers a colorful variety of sounds, styles, and sentiments.

The Beo String Quartet

The pieces include “live electronics, immersive staging, and unusual playing techniques that create very pleasing sounds”, according to Mr. Ryan. Three of the four compositions on the program will be premiers.

This is a unique event you won’t want to miss, so here is what you need to know:

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019, 7pm-8:30pm
Bar Marco 2216 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Tickets available online/cash at the door:                        General Admission $20, Student $9
For more information, please visit: http://www.beostringquartet.com/events/2019/11/6/beo-in-the-strip
For tickets, please visit:                 https://www.artful.ly/store/events/19022

 

Follow this group on facebook and listen to their music on Soundcloud.

 

Annual Ensemble Recitals Coming Up

It’s that time of year when we celebrate collaborative efforts of our students. Playing with others in an ensemble can be one of the most gratifying aspects of studying an instrument.

Join us on November 9 at our Shadyside location for a delightful time featuring a wide array of music ensembles: duos, trios, quartets, quintets, and more. (Extra credit if you know the name of a nine-member ensemble!) We will be featuring guitar, piano, violin, cello, ukulele, and skilled accompaniment by our piano faculty.

Special features this year will include a faculty string ensemble, serenading us with the amazing music of composer and arranger Mr Chris; a 6-hand piano ensemble with a “surprise”; and a fun rendition of an Israeli folk song by our youngest learners.

A couple of reminders for performers: 

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your recital time, check in with Ms. Karen, and find your seat. Students will sit in their assigned seat for the entire recital. Please dress nicely, and be sure your outfit is one in which you are comfortable performing.

We invite all families to attend, even if your student is not performing. After each recital, please join the CYM staff and faculty for a reception as a thank you for being a part of our music family!

Here are some reminders for all of us as we attend events such as this one:

Ensemble Recitals, November 9, 2019, at 9:30 am and 12:00 pm

First Unitarian Church Shady Side, 605 Morewood Avenue

 

 

Fall Community Piano Concert

 

Enjoy an afternoon of music in Sewickley this month!

On Saturday, October 19th, 4:00 P.M.

Ms. Grace and CYM piano students will be performing on our beautiful, historic Steinway concert grand in the concert room at our Sewickley location.

Enjoy Preludes by Rachmaninoff, and student duets performed by several students of Ms. Grace and Ms. Simmi.

A bonus: hear a ragtime arrangement of music themes from the movie “Up”! (If you are not familiar with the movie, you should watch it, and enjoy the remarkably poignant music, composed by Michael Giacchino.)

This concert will last approximately one hour and will be followed by a reception.

See you then!

 

CYM Summer Choir Presentation

On Tuesday night, our CYM Summer Choir gave a performance, demonstrating a sampling of what was learned over the summer. Having only met eight times, the children were eager to present their hard work to the parents, who were delighted and amazed at all that had been accomplished.

The program began with a demonstration of vocal exercises and rounds, followed by a selection of songs. Students had chosen different “poses” for each piece, and one song was even accompanied by percussion instruments!

Kristin Butler, parent of Abigail said: “It was a great show! We loved hearing their voices. Thank you for your time with them, sharing your gifts, and especially your patience!”

During the reception, Mrs. Rucker presented a piano recital of of Irish and American folk songs arranged for piano solo! Thank you to all the parents and family members who came to support these young singers.

Watch for future opportunities for a CYM choir!

Book Recitals Cap Off a Great Month at CYM

Two recitals held recently at CYM showcased the artistry and accomplishments of two of our students!

In Suzuki piano, we had Hanna Singhi’s Suzuki Piano Book 3 Recital. Hanna performed on CYM’s historic Steinway Concert Grand for her friends and family on Saturday, July 27 at our Sewickley location. Hanna, who studies with Ms. Simmi, played all the pieces in Suzuki Piano Book 3 beautifully, and is now excited to start working on her duet piece for the fall!

Congratulations, Hanna!

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In Suzuki Strings, we celebrate the accomplishments of Alexa Bronkaj, who gave her Book 5 graduation recital on Thursday, July 25 in Sewickley.  She was accompanied by Jake Nathanson.  Alexa performed the entire Concerto in g minor by Vivaldi, and a few other selections from Book 5. Congratulations to Alexa, and teacher Ms. Leah!

Young Artists’ Ambassadors Astound Audience!

The Young Artists Ambassadors Recital was an astounding success! All who attended were treated to a fantastic night of music.

Ms. Hafsah Shahzad started the evening’s activities with stunning renditions of Rhapsody in G minor by Johannes Brahms, Nuages Gris, S. 199 by Franz Liszt, and Prelude in E minor, Op. 28 No. 4 by Frédéric Chopin.

Mr. Manus McGinnis continued the night’s festivities with excellent performances of  Linus and Lucy by Vincent Guaraldi, Clarinet Blues by Martha Mier, Vivace from Sonatina in C Major, Op. 36 No. 1 by Muzio Clementi, and “Pizza Time” by Luigi Denza.

Lastly, Ms. Réka Götz finished the evening with a stellar finale! She performed two pieces from George Gershwin’s Three Preludes (II. Andante con moto and III. Agitato), and Prelude in B minor, Op. 32 No. 10 by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

The Center for Young Musicians