The Junior Musical Club is proud to present its annual Ensemble Concert on Wednesday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the First Baptist Church, 170 Elm Street, Westfield. Club members in eighth grade and high school from the local area will join together in duets and trios, playing the most popular music of the past 250 years. The public is welcome to attend the concert free of charge. Refreshments will be served at a reception following the performance.
The concert presents Suraj Chandran, violin, Jonathan Wong, violin, Mira Yang, viola, and Junlin Yi, violin, performing the “Introduzione” from Antonin Dvořák's Terzetto. Abigail Fossaceca and Daniel Zheng, piano four-hands, play Anton Arensky's Fugue on a Russian Theme. Samantha Sprechman, soprano, sings “Mio Babbino Caro” from Giacomo Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, accompanied by Daniel Zheng, piano.
Divya Narayanan and Anna Song, flutists, play the first movement of W. A. Mozart's Flute Concerto in G Major. Sara Frankel and Mira Yang, violists, perform Béla Bartók's Pillow Dance, Burlesque and Hungarian Dance Number 2. Florian Schantz, trumpet, and Margaret Schantz, flugelhorn, accompanied by Nicholas Cherrey, piano, present Lerner and Loewe's “Almost Like Being in Love” from Brigadoon. Johnathan Wong, urhu, and Dan Zheng, piano, play Vittorio Monti's Czardas.
Marisa Li, cello, and Victoria Tian, piano, present Franz Schubert's Serenade. Pierson Dodd and Ashlen Suen, piano four-hands, offer Carl Reinecke's Variations on the C Major Scale. John Ray and Anna Song, flutists, accompanied by Mira Yang, piano, perform Maurice Ravel's Pavane.
The performance will feature the Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns under the direction of Debra Biderman of the New Jersey Symphony. The members of the Junior Musical Club will participate as a whole, performing piano four-hands with violins, violas, cello, clarinet, flute, marimba and orchestral bells. The animals captured in music include the lion, chickens, donkeys, tortoises, the elephant, kangaroos, fish, the cuckoo, birds, the swan, plus fossils.