The Junior Musical Club of Westfield will hold its annual Graduation Recital at the First Baptist Church, 170 Elm St. on Wednesday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is open to the public free of charge.
The recital celebrates high school seniors in the club about to leave for college. Violinist Suraj Chandran, a senior at the Wardlaw-Hartridge School, will present J. S. Bach's Violin Sonata, No. 1, BWV 1001, Movements 1. Adagio, 2. Fugue, and 4. Presto. He has studied violin under Debra Biderman. At Wardlaw-Hartridge, his teachers were Mr. Rick Fontaine, band, and Sharon Byrne, choir. Suraj plays violin for the Greater Newark Academy Orchestra. He plays alto saxophone in the Wardlaw-Hartridge band and has formed his own saxophone jazz quartet. He will be attending the University of Pennsylvania.
Cellist Marisa Li, a senior at Westfield High School, will perform Gabriel Fauré's Élégie, Op.24, accompanied by Beverly Shea, and Marisa will join Victoria Tian, piano, to play Camille Saint-Saëns' "The Swan" from The Carnival of the Animals. She has studied with Leo Wang, and also with Craig Stanton of Westfield High School and has been President of the Westfield High School Orchestras. Marisa has played with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra's Academy Orchestra, the Westfield High School Chamber Orchestra, and the Music from China Youth Orchestra, including a performance at Carnegie Hall. Li was invited to the 2018 Conference on National Affairs and received a PSAT Commendation. She will attend Bentley University, Waltham Mass., majoring in Computer Information Systems and Economics-Finance.
Tuba player Ethan Marmolejos, a senior at Watchung Hills Regional High School, will perform Walter S. Hartley's Suite for Unaccompanied Tuba, movements 1. Intrada, 2. Valse, 3. Air, and 4. Galop. He will be joined by Suraj Chandran, violin, to play P. D. Q. Bach's The Only Piece Ever Written for Violin and Tuba. He currently studies with Joseph Eggebeen of Bedminster. During Ethan's high school career, he has participated in the Central Jersey Regional and the New Jersey All-State Music Educators Association ensembles and the National Association for Music Education All-Eastern ensemble, along with the New Jersey Youth Symphony. He is also a recipient of the 2018 Governor's Award in Arts Education. Ethan will be attending Carnegie Mellon University in the fall with a major in music performance.
Flutist Divya Narayanan, a senior at the Union County Academy for Allied Health Sciences, will join pianist Mira Yang to play Debussy's The Girl with the Flaxen Hair. She has played flute for nine years and has studied with Chia Hsiu Wang for three. For seven years, she has been a member of the New Jersey Youth Symphony. She successfully completed Levels 5 through 10 of the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program and is a two-time National Gold Medal Winner. Outside of music, she is an active member of the Health Occupation Students of America, a national competition participant three times and a 2015 National Medalist. She is a certified Emergency Medical Technician volunteer in the Cranford Rescue Squad.She will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studying music and neuroscience.