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Junior Musical Club to Present Annual Graduation Recital on June 7

High school seniors Anna Song, Abigail Fossaceca, John Ray, and Dan Zheng at the piano, will perform in the Junior Musical Club’s Graduation Recital, June 7, at 7 pm. Credits: Gerald Shea

The Junior Musical Club will hold its annual Graduation Recital, featuring four high school seniors about to leave for college, at the First Baptist Church, 170 Elm Street, Westfield, on Tuesday, June 7, at 7:00 pm (please note the new date). The concert is open to the public free of charge. A reception will follow.

Abigail Fossaceca is a senior at Scotch Plains-Fanwood (SPF) High School. She has been studying classical piano with Mrs. Beverly Shea for eleven years, and jazz piano with Greg Natic at the Scotch Plains Music Center, for five years. Abbie has also studied the Clarinet since fourth grade through the music program of the Scotch Plains Fanwood School District. Abbie has been a consistent participant in the Music Educators Association of New Jersey, and Royal Schools of Music, examinations. She has also participated in the SPF High School Jazz Lab for the past four years. Abbie will be attending Villanova University as a business major, with a co-major in international business. The solo piano piece she has selected for the Graduation Recital is "Clair de Lune” from Claude Debussy's Suite Bergamasque. She will also join Dan Zheng at the piano for two duets, Anton Arensky's Fugue on a Russian Theme, and Samuel Barber's “Waltz” from the ballet suite Souvenirs, Op. 28, No. 1.

John Ray is graduating from Watchung Hills Regional High School, Warren NJ. He has played flute for nine years, studying in the studio of Mrs. Diana Charos Reilly for the past four years. A recent winner of the Cynthia Platt prize and second place finisher in the 2015 New Jersey Flute Society concerto competition, John has participated in numerous masterclasses with flutists from top orchestras around the country. He has attended summer programs at schools including the Curtis Institute of Music and Eastman School of Music. John will be attending the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. John has selected Claude Debussy's unaccompanied flute solo, Syrinx.

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Anna Song is a student at Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights and has played flute for seven years under the instruction of Mrs. Chia-Hsiu Wang. She has been a Gold Winner in the Cecilian Young Artist Competition, American Allegro Fine Arts Association, and National League of Performing Arts. Anna will be majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology this fall. She has selected the first movement of Carl Reinecke's Flute Concerto in D Major and a movement of Franz Doppler's Andante et Rondo, both accompanied by Beverly Shea on piano.

Dan Zheng is graduating from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. He has studied classical piano for a decade; he thanks his teacher Mrs. Sondra Tammam for helping him become the best musician he can be. He is a student accompanist at SPF High School for many of the choirs and also participates in the pit orchestra for the annual repertory theater production. Dan will attend the University of Pittsburgh studying computer science and engineering. His solo recital piece will be Frédéric Chopin's Ballade No.1, Op.23 in G minor, and will join Ms. Fossaceca in the piano four-hands selections.

The Junior Music Club welcomes everyone in our communities to hear these artists perform and to join us at the reception afterwards to congratulate them as they start their college careers.

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