On Monday evening, February 10, St. Mark's presented its Winter Music Showcase. James Wallace, director of music and Arts Department head, hosted the annual event on the stage of the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall. An impressive lineup of talented performers displayed both skill and artistry over the course of the evening.
Pianist Bella Murray, a III Former from Atlanta, Georgia, played Schumann's "Wilder Reiter" from his Album for the Young, Op. 68. Galen Deane, a IV Former from Lloyd Harbor, New York, performed McCartney and Lennon's "Hey Jude" on the alto saxophone. Another pianist, Jiayi Yu, a III Former from Cumming, Georgia, played two pieces: Tchaikovsky's "April" and Scarlatti's "Sonata in D Minor."
Violinist Steven Yang, a III Former from McLean, Virginia, performed Huber's "Student Concertino No. IV." Albert Wu, a III Former from Weston, Mass., played Moszkowski's "Etude Opus 72" on the piano. In a delightful change of pace, visiting Chilean exchange student Clemente Torres played a trombone solo, performing Shostakovich's "Waltz No. 2." Back to the piano, Martin Ma, a III Former from Vancouver, British Columbia, played the Prelude to Chopin's "Opus 28, No. 4." Demonstrating his versatility, Albert Wu '23 then took up the violin and performed the first movement of Mozart's "Violin Concerto No. 3."
Pianist Taylor Zhu, a III Former from Yixing, China, played variations on Glinka's "Nightingale." Violinist Ning Zhang, a V Former from Ningbo, China, then performed the Adagio from J.S. Bach's "Sonata No. 1 in g minor." Louise He, a III Former from Shanghai, China, played Chopin's piano Nocturne "Op. 9, No. 1." Waverly Shi, a V Form violinist from Shrewsbury, Mass., then played Movement V from Lalo's "Symphonie espagnole in D minor, Op. 21."
The St. Mark's 2020 Winter Music Showcase concluded with another change of pace performance, as Chilean exchange students Benjamin Zamorano (piano) and Tomas Opazo (drums) presented "For the Damaged Coda" from Blonde Redhead (2000), familiar to many as the theme music for Evil Morty from the animated series Rick and Morty. It is based on Chopin's "Nocturne in F minor, Op. 55, No. 1."
A wonderful evening of music was enjoyed by an enthusiastic audience.