Highlighting mid-May at St. Mark's this spring were two music concerts. On Friday, May 11, the Spring Music Showcase featured a dozen student performers, while on Monday, May 14, Jason Hwang '18 gave his solo Senior Recital. Both concerts took place on the stage of the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall.
Opening the Spring Music Showcase program was Anishka Yerabothu '20, who sang Carnatic (Classical Indian) music accompanied by drum and violin. She performed "Vinayaka Ninnu," a 2010 composition by E.V. Ramakrishna Bhagavathar.
Ariah Henderson '19 followed, singing her original song, "Max, 19." She accompanied herself on the guitar. Samantha Wang '21 then played Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 14 in C♯ minor "Quasi una fantasia," Op. 27, No. 2 Movement I, Adagio sostenuto on the piano. Ning Richard Zhang '21 played J.S. Bach's Partita No. 3 in E Major, "Gavotte en Rondeau" on the violin, followed by a trumpet duet—Henry Purcell's "Sound the Trumpet"—from fellow III Formers Megan Miantsoko and Henry Sansone.
Rachmaninoff's "Vocalise" was performed by Julian Yang '20 on the alto saxophone, followed by Norbal Vasquez on the trumpet with L.B. Smith's "Fanfare and Ceremony March." Another violin piece—the Casadesus/Bach "Viola Concerto in C minor"—was presented by III Former Ning Richard Zhang, then Yiwei Will Lu '21 gave the audience Ernesto Halffter's "Habanera" on the piano.
Ryder Henry '20 then performed two movements from Richard Strauss's "Horn Concerto #1" on the French horn. Trumpeter Megan Miantsoko '21 made a return appearance with William Pelzx's 1980 composition "Dedication." The successful concert concluded with VI Form pianist Jovin Ho playing Chopin's Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47.
For baritone Jason Hwang, a VI Former from Kyungkido, South Korea, it was his final solo performance at St. Mark's in fulfillment of the Independent Performance Studio course. He sang works by Mozart, Strauss, Cho, Vaughan Williams, Noh, and Noon.
The recital was a great success. It was followed by a reception including both American and Korean treats.