MHS musicians and vocalists recently presented the second of the year’s Classical Music Nights, which featured several impressive solo and group performances. In all, it made for a memorable evening in Centennial Hall, with nearly two-dozen performers taking to the stage to perform works by Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Dvorak, and others.
The Miss Hall’s Chamber Ensemble, directed by Instrumental Music Instructor Bing Liu, opened the evening with the “Toreador Song,” from Bizet’s Carmen, followed by Tchaikovsky’s “Theme” from Swan Lake. The ensemble featured flutist Sue Shu ’18, pianist Sophie Xu ’18, and violinists Faia Kronick ’19, Soleil Laurin ’20, and Calla Gong ’21. Calla, Soleil, and Faia were then joined by Ms. Liu and Anna Le ’19 on violin, and Wendy Wang ’20 on piano to perform “Habanera,” also from Carmen.
Pianist Ashley Hehir ’20 followed, performing Ecossaisein G Major, by Johann Wilhelm Hassler, and Kanzonette in C Major, by Christian Gottlob Neefe. In the evening’s first vocal performance, soprano Andi Loehr ’19, accompanied by Director of Music Debbie Duff on piano, sang Schubert’s Du bist die Ruh, and Allie Lamke ’19, also accompanied by Ms. Duff, followed, singing César Franck’s Panis angelicus.
The soloists continued, with pianist Lilian Jiang ’21 performing the Prelude No. 7 in B minor, by Robert Vandall, and Riagain Wiley ’20 singing “Sebben crudele” from La costanza in amor vince l’inganno. Pianist Catherine Zhang ’19 followed with two pieces: Chopin’s Etude in E Majorand Rachmaninoff’s Polichinelle. The quartet of Catherine on piano, Ms. Liu on viola, Ria Kedia ’20 on violin, and Trudy Fadding ’19 on cello, then performed the “Allegro con fuoco” from Dvorak’s Piano Quartet, No. 2, Op. 87.
The evening’s final performance featured the MHS Chamber Choir and MHS Instrumental Ensemble performing a wonderful rendition of “Kyrie” from Schubert’s Mass in G. The choir featured sopranos Ella Biancolo ’20, Michela Laurin ’18, Ingrid O’Dell ’19, and Riagain Wiley ’20; mezzo sopranos Andi Loehr ’19, Bethany Song ’20, and Scarlett Wang ’19; and altos Bella Currie ’18, Shannon foster ’21, and Allie Lamke ’19. The emsemble featured violinist Ria Kedia ’20, flutist Sue Shu ’18, violist Ms. Liu, cellist Trudy Fadding ’19, and pianist Catherine Zhang ’19.
Well done, MHS musicians and vocalists!