By Luis Castilla
Cutting through the cold, the East Los Angeles College Music Department showcased new student talent during its Student Piano Recital and Winter Choir Concert Monday.
Dr. Anthony Lupica conducted the students of the ELAC Chamber Chorale, accompanied by Dr. Melissa Sky-Eagle.
The choir, composed of soprano, tenor, alto and bass singers. Elizabeth Arroyo, Reilly Loayza, Valerie Meulenberg, Alicia Prieto, Zhaotong Tang, Valerie Valdez and Lu Yu were sopranos.
Ruben Alvarado, Harry Faustino
and Marco Solis sang as tenors. Thalia Cardoza, Sandra Del Real, Rosamaria Garcia, Kana Kohiyama, Emily Luevano and Amanda Reyes were altos, and Ronald Allen, Peter Kirkpatrick, Eugene Lopez, Christian Martinez and Bruab Sarabia sang as basses. The choir performance was separated into two parts, religious
songs and Christmas carols.
The choir performed “Exultate Deo” by Alessandro Scarlatti, “Lullaby” and “Ballade to the Moon” by Daniel Elder and “Requiem, Op. 48” by Gabriel
Faure for its first half. “Requiem Op. 48” had
three solos, two performed by Eugene Lopez and one by Rosamaria Garcia.
Lopez’s deep bassy voice bellowed throughout the theater, echoing the stimulating performance.
Garcia’s solo was also memorable, providing the audience with the gentler tones only an alto can.
The Christmas carol section of the concert comprised four songs, “Ding Dong! Merrily on High” arranged by Charles Wood, “O Come, All Ye Faithful” arranged by Sir David Willcocks, “Once in Royal David’s City” by Henry John Gauntlett, arranged by Willcocks and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” by Frederic Mendelssohn, arranged by Willcocks.
The final four Christmas carols
were more upbeat than the rest of the performance. “As comforting as the concert has been so far, we would not send you out into the cold night without some songs of celebration to keep you warm,” Dr. Graham Raulerson said in his program note.
The ELAC Music Department also held a student recital on Wednesday.
Students of Dr. Lucy Nargizyan’s piano classes performed solo pieces at noon. Danny Valdovinos opened the show with Johann Sebastian “Bach’s Minuet in G Minor.”
This was Valdovinos’ first time opening a recital. He said he felt a bit nervous at first, but was happy with his performance.
Reilly Loayza performed the soothing “Page d’Album” by Claude Debussy in an emotional performance.
The baroque composer was featured frequently among the students’ pieces as seven of the 20 student performers chose to play Johann Sebastian Bach.
Nargizyan said that the students ranged from different classes and experience levels. She said that the more experienced pianists performed later in the show.
“The intermediary students have about five years experience,” Nargizyan said.
Hong Sa Ta performed “Waltz in A Minor” by Frederic Chopin. Although she struggled to get
her piece started, hiding her face
in her hands after playing a couple incorrect notes, she delivered a flawless performance.
One of the other standout performers was Kevin Angel. Throughout his performance, his face expressed the intense emotion of Maurice Ravel’s Sonatine Modere.
Peter Kirkpatrick closed the show with another piece by Johann Sebastian Bach, “Fugue in A Minor,” Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis 889.
As a closing piece, Kirkpatrick delivered an exceptional finish to the afternoon performance.
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