What a joy to celebrate music in person at the 2021 Honors Recitals! Approximately 20 students in each of two recitals performed outstanding selections at the Randolph Performing Arts Center on Sunday, November 14. Students ranged in age from six to seventeen and many performances, including two original compositions, were simply dazzling. The theater was arranged comfortably with ample space between seating and, although everyone was masked, the cheers and applause resounded throughout.
Technology again played an important part in the audition process as soloists and one duet team submitted two YouTube videos for the judges to evaluate. This year’s esteemed judges, Kai Pangune Kim, Amir Mortezai, Yuka Yanagi and Mark Weisman, provided sensitive, supportive comments to all the students.
Congratulations to all the students who participated, their parents and teachers, to Ruth Pasquariello, Registrar, and to all those who made these recitals a success!
Honors Recital - 2 p.m. Program
The two o’clock recital featured students of MEA teachers Azar Gordon, Amanda Harberg, Dr. Julia Lam, Florence Liu, Beatrice Long, Sophia Ososkov, Dr. Thomas Parente and Charlene Step.
Petit Variations, Op. 8, No. 14
The Woodpecker, The Vulture & The Eagle from Birds, Nos. 3, 6 & 8
Notturno, Op. 54, No. 4
Fairy Tale, Op. 34
Mazurka in G minor, Op. 67, No. 2
Invention No. 6 in E Major
Waltz, Op. 69, No. 2
Prelude & Fugue in C minor, WTC 1
Piano Sonata No. 9, Op. 14, No. 1, 3: Rondo-Allegro Comodo
Prelude from English Suite No. 3 in G minor
Nocturne in G minor, Op. 37, No. 1
Piano Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2: 1. Allegro
Desperate Measures from Paganini Variations for Piano
Pirates of the Caribbean
David Zhang and Kyle Zhu, students of Julia Lam, performed Fairy Tale, Op. 34, a charming duet by Arensky.
Avery Kim, student of Amanda Harberg, proudly debuted his spirited original composition, Flow.
Tiffany Yang, student of Azar Gordon, ended the recital with a rousing Tarantella by Liszt.
Honors Recital - 4 p.m. Program
The four o’clock recital featured students of Barbara Landi Hause, Mansoon Han Kim, Florence Liu, Aziza Khasanova-Madaski, Nancy Modell and Yuka Yanagi.
Polka-Mazurka, Op. 155, No. 2
Sonatina in G: 1. Allegro
Sonatina, Op. 168, No. 2: 1. Allegro Moderato
Admiring Butterflies on the Great Wall
Nocturne in C-Sharp minor, Op. Posthumous
Allemande in A minor, HWV 478
Andalucía/Suite Espanola No. 4. Gitanerias
Canyons & Waterfalls
Sonatina: 1. Allegro giocoso
Tarantella, Op. 77, No. 6
Allegro in B minor, Op. 8
Rock Prelude No. 3, Jingo
Prelude, Op. 23, No. 5
Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-flat Major, K. 282: 1. Adagio
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6
Nine-year-old Ella Zhang, student of Nancy Modell, shared her original composition, Admiring Butterflies on the Great Wall, which has already won awards.
Florence Liu celebrating with her four 2021 Honors Students.
Sophia and Helena Kim, daughters of Mansoon Han Kim, were among those who gave dazzling performances.
Honors Recital Committee
Charlene Step, Chair
Ruth Pasquariello, Registrar