Students of The Fil’ have the opportunity to perform in one of two recitals at the end of each semester. A recital for adult students was held on Friday, June 2. It featured students performing primarily on piano and voice. With a small but attentive audience the soloists brought about excitement and cheer in contrast to the stormy weather outside. The evening of music sharing culminated with a set performed by the Latin Ensemble, comprised of both the Fil’s students and faculty.
The CMPYP students had their opportunity to perform to family and friends on the afternoon of Saturday, June 10. Piano students kicked off the first part of the recital and they were followed by violin and voice performances. A special mention goes to young pianist, Jesus Vanegas, who performed in public for the first time. The first part of the recital ended with the presentation of student awards by Leslie Jones, Executive Director, and Dalia Sakas, Director of Music Studies.
After a stellar performance at the recent Met Concert the CMPYP tap dance students showcased their skills again by opening the second part of the recital with a routine on “Oye Commo Va”. The drum students of Fernando Garcia kept the energy alive with renditions of songs like Herbie Hancock’s Cantaloupe Island and Mongo Santamaria’s Afro Blue. The Fil’s composer-in-residence, Anthony Vine, then took audiences in a different direction with a sonic mediation performed by the CMPYP electronic music class. Last but not least, the CMPYP Instrumental Ensemble performed an arrangement of “Darte un Beso” by Prince Royce.
Video: The Youtube link below is an excerpt of the Latin Ensemble performing “Quizas, Quizas, Quizas” by Osvaldo Farrés at the Spring 2023 adult student recital.