A full audience sprung into the music department to watch an outstanding student musician performance during the Spring Showcase on Thursday.
The Spring Showcase is a free concert composed of student musicians who excelled in their juries or other performances during the Winter 2018 quarter, and were invited by their music professors to perform their pieces once again for all students.
Matthew Martino, a third-year biology student, was one of the audience members captivated by the different musicians’ abilities.
“I came as a last-minute sort of thing,” said Martino. “But I’m super impressed with the performances.”
David Kopplin, music professor and the director of jazz band, directed the Spring Showcase.
The different genres of performances ranged from opera singing, a Spanish cradle song on guitar, a flute concerto, a two-person performance on piano and drums by the indie group AJ Vibes, a tuba piece and a marimba concerto piece.
Flutist and third-year food science student CeeCee Cade performed her Concerto in G major on the flute with Joshua Tessler, a fourth-year performance student, as her piano accompanist.
Cade does her best to commit herself to practicing one to two hours every day to get her total practicing time to hit 10 hours by the end of the week.
“I prepare by working on difficult passages by myself and putting everything together with my accompanist,” said Cade.
Cade started her journey as a flutist doubling on piccolo 12 years ago in the fourth grade and doesn’t plan on giving up her passion anytime soon.
Feeling a little anxious before getting up on stage, Cade performed her best and feels confident that she gave her all.
Cade is elated her friends and Kappa Kappa Psi brothers attended her performance to support her as well.
All student musicians that performed in the Spring Showcase displayed the best the music department has to offer.
Alejandro Barajas, a second-year music education student, showcased his skills on the marimba playing the One World Marimba Concerto No.1.
With two mallets in each hand, Barajas played his piece with passion, flying back and forth across the marimba bars displaying that his long hours of practicing are paying off.
“I thought today went really well,” described Tessler after the performances. “My soloists played beautifully.”
Tessler encourages everyone to come out and support the student musicians in the music department next week at U-Hour on Thursday April, 26 for the free concert, Composition Happening, directed by Isaac Schankler, who is also the director of the MIDI ensemble and professor of music industry studies.
Tessler will be performing his own written piece among other student composers like Jordan Rivera, third-year music performance student.
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