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.
For tickets, please visit: https://www.artful.ly/store/
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
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
Ms. Grace and Ms. Rochelle organized an incredible concert on Sunday July 21st. It was an evening filled with spectacular performances from a number of students and even Ms. Grace and Ms. Rochelle, too!
Agnes Picarsic began the evening with two folk songs, Song of the Wind and O Come Little Children. After this, Nico Alfaro performed Lightly Row and Go Tell Aunt Rhody, followed by Sophie Godbey’s renditions of Long Long Ago and Allegro. Next, Elijah Haberman also performed Go Tell Aunt Rhody, and the folk song With Steady Hands. After Elijah, Amanda Smith played Canon in D by Pachelbel. Nalani Brayley then serenaded the audience with Hunter’s Chorus and Minuet in G. Lily Haberman was next, performing Gavotte in G Minor and Humoresque. Finally, Sanai Horne concluded the student portion of the evening with her rendition of Perpetual Motion.
Once the students had concluded their portion of the night, Ms. Grace and Ms. Rochelle took to the stage. They both performed Sonata for Piano and Violin in A Major (Allegro ben moderato, Allegro, Alegretto poco mosso).
It was an incredible night of music and we extend a hearty Bravo! to all of the performers! We would also like to thank Mr. Jacob Nathanson for his accompaniment for the concert.
Several CYM students are embarking on a journey to complete the Center for Young Musicians Ambassador Certificate! Designed for advancing students, the program requires a performance repertoire of at least three pieces. A concert is presented with each student performing three or four selections of music. In addition, the performers will present a brief lecture on each composer and composition.
This is sure to be an exciting and informative event. Please mark your calendars for this free concert, held at 7:00 PM, July 19th, at our Sewickley location.
Stay tuned for more information about our performers!
Join us on July 2nd at 5 PM in Sewickley for Jonah Tedford’s Book 1 Violin Recital! Performing an entire Suzuki book is a big endeavor; help us cheer Jonah on!
Ms. Simmi’s Community Concert was a wonderful success this past Saturday! The concert was held at CYM Sewickley at 3:00 p.m. Guests were enchanted with an afternoon of music, including pieces by Kuhlau, Schumann, Beethoven, and Bach.
Ms. Simmi also performed, first playing Beethoven’s F¯ major Op. 78. Mr. Chris then joined her to play a Romance piece by Amy Beach.
Overall, the day the was an incredible success and a splendid afternoon! Below are a few pictures from the day.