July Recital PROGRAM AND BIOS

 

THE JULY RECITAL

Date Saturday, July 30
Time 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Location JACOBS Music Center

2540 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-434-0222

Admission FREE


PROGRAM

Café Music – Paul Schoenfield

I. Allegro

II. Andante Moderato

Firebird Piano Trio: Robert Tsai (piano), Christine Shieh (violin), Kevin Lucero (cello)

Piano Quintet in A, Op. 81

I. Allegro Ma Non Troppo

Daniel Jang (violin), Christopher Beckett (viola), Firebird Piano Trio

 

—– INTERMISSION —–

Cry Out and Shout ……………………………………………………………………..Knut Nystedt

Cry out and shout, ye people of God; the Lord is strength and song
Therefore with joy shall ye draw water from the wells of salvation

Weihnachten from 6 Motets, Op. 79, No. 1 …………………………….…… Felix Mendelssohn

Christmas

Rejoice, ye people of the earth, and praise God!
The redeemer is come, whom the Lord has promised.
He has revealed his justice to the world.
Hallelujah!

Muié Rendéra …………………………………….…………………………….. C.A. Pinto Fonseca

Hey, lacemaker woman
if you teach me how to weave,
I’ll teach you how to court

Virgulino is Lampeao
He is Lampa, Lampa, Lampa
he is lampeao
His name is Virgulino
his nickname is Lampeao

Moon River ………………………….……………… Henry Mancini, Arranged by Steve Zegree

Moon river, wider than a mile
I’m crossing you in style someday
Old dream maker, you heartbreaker
Wherever you’re going, I’m going your way

Two drifters, off to see the world
There’s such a lot of world to see
We’re after the same rainbow’s end,
waiting ’round the bend
My huckleberry friend,
Moon River and me

Beati Quorum Via, from “Three Motets”, Opus 38 …………………. Charles Villiers Stanford

Blessed are they whose way is undefiled
who walk in the law of the lord

The Road Home ……………………………….……………………….…………..Stephen Paulus

Tell me, where is the road I can call my own,
That I left, that I lost so long ago?
All these years I have wandered, oh when will I know?
There’s a way, there’s a road that will lead me home

After wind, after rain, when the dark is done,
As I wake from a dream in the gold of day,
Through the air there’s a calling from far away,
There’s a voice I can hear that will lead me home.

Rise up, follow me: “Come away” is the call,
With the love in your heart as the only song
There is no such beauty as where you belong
Rise up, follow me, I will lead you home.

Way Over In Beulah Lan’ ………….. Traditional Spiritual, arranged by Stacey V. Gibbs

We gonna have a good, good time way ovuh in Beulah Lan’.
Oh, when we get way ovuh in Beulah Lan’, yes, way ovuh in Beulah, Beulah Lan’.
Oh, we gonna have a good, good time way ovuh in Beulah Lan’.
I’m singin’, way ovuh in Beulah Lan’, yes way ovuh in Beulah, Beulah Lan’.
We gonna have a good time, oh Lordy, way ovuh in Beulah Lan’.

Oh, we gonna walk dem golden streets way ovuh in Beulah Lan’.
Oh, we gonna walk dem golden streets way ovuh in Beulah Lan’.
I’m singin’, way ovuh in Beulah Lan’, yes, way ovuh in Beulah, Beulah Lan’.
We gonna have a good time, oh Lordy, way ovuh in Beulah Lan’.
I’m singin’, way ovuh in Beulah Lan’, yes, way ovuh in Beulah, Beulah Lan’.
We gonna have a good time, oh, Lordy, way ovuh in Beulah Lan’.

Oh, we gonna drink of de Holy wine, way ovuh in Beulah Lan’.
Oh, we gonna drink of de Holy wine, way ovuh in Beulah Lan’.
Singin’, way ovuh in Beulah Lan’, I said away ovuh in Beulah Lan’.
We gonna have a good time, oh, Lordy, way ovuh in Beulah Lan’, (when we get to heaven, children),
We gonna have a good time, oh, Lordy, way ovuh in Beulah Lan’,
(when we get to heaven, chillun), Way ovuh in Beulah Lan’,
oh, yes, way ovuh in Beulah lan’!

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough………….Words and Music by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, Arranged by Roger Emerson

Listen baby, ain’t no mountain high,
Ain’t no valley low, ain’t no river wide enough baby
If you need me call me no matter where you are,
No matter how far; don’t worry baby
Just call my name; I’ll be there in a hurry
You don’t have to worry,

Oh baby there ain’t no mountain high enough,
Ain’t no valley low enough,
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you babe

Remember the day I set you free
I told you you could always count on me darling
From that day on, I made a vow,
I’ll be there when you want me,
Some way, somehow

Oh baby there ain’t no mountain high enough,
Ain’t no valley low enough,
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you babe

Oh no darling No wind, no rain
Or winters cold can stop me baby, na na baby
‘Cause you are my goal
If you’re ever in trouble; I’ll be there on the double
Just send for me, oh baby, ha

My love is alive Way down in my heart
Although we are miles apart
If you ever need a helping hand,
I’ll be there on the double Just as fast as I can
Don’t you know that there

Oh baby there ain’t no mountain high enough,
Ain’t no valley low enough,
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you babe

baby there ain’t no mountain high enough,
Ain’t no valley low enough,
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you babe

Choir members:

Soprano : Alicia Greey. Rachel Fountain

Mezzo-Soprano: Emilie Bishop, Jamie Bunce

Alto: Jenna Miller, Stephanie Mangioglu

Tenor: Nicholas Herrick, Murphy Lu

Baritone: Matthew Lee

Bass: Samuel Rowe

 


 

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

13055853_1031728193581023_8573552593754111706_oDaniel Jang, violin

Daniel Jang graduated from Mason Gross School of the Arts in 2016 with a Master of Music degree under the tutelage of Yoon Kwon, (Metropolitan Opera). Besides performing and teaching privately in the Central Jersey area, Daniel records a wide variety of music on YouTube. His arrangements have been noticed by bands such as MAGIC! and more recently, The Chainsmokers. Companies that have sponsored his work include Yamaha, GL Cases, and Allkpop.

You can watch Daniel play popular covers on his YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/metalsides

 

 

10915104_10204447841099374_5004790352650055150_oChristopher Beckett, viola

Christopher Beckett graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music Education from Rutgers University – Mason Gross School of the Arts, having studied both violin with Lenuta Ciulei (first prize winner of the Paganini International Violin Competition) and viola with CJ Chang (principal violist of The Philadelphia Orchestra). Mr. Beckett was one of two winners of the Mason Gross Concerto Competition in 2013, which awarded him the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the Rutgers Sinfonia. Mr. Beckett has also won many chamber competitions while at Mason Gross and performed as a soloist with the All-City Orchestra in New York City. Mr. Beckett has collaborated with various renowned musicians such as Paquito D’rivera, Ilmar Gavilan (Harlem Quartet), Philippe Quint, and Jay-Z as well as performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and The Blue Note. Mr. Beckett is currently the elementary strings director at East Brunswick Public Schools.

 

 

 

16773069776_2764b3f95b_oFIREBIRD – Piano Trio

Founded in December 2014, FIREBIRD is a classical piano trio that consists of members Robert Tsai (piano), Christine Shieh (violin), and Kevin Lucero (cello). FIREBIRD has previously worked with artists such as prodigy cellist, Nana Ou-yang, award-winning Curtis pianist Daniel Hsu, Julliard pianist Max Ma, and YouTube sensation and violinist Dan Jang.

Originally intending to pursue music careers, the three members of FIREBIRD have had extensive influence in the music community before ultimately deciding to pursue Bachelor degrees in non-music related degrees. Pianist Robert Tsai is a Dartmouth graduate who studied under Dr. Julia Lam and has achieved various accomplishments such as his appearance on the radio show From the Top and portraying the character Lawrence in the film School of Rock. Violinist Christine Shieh studied under Hua-Yi Wang and Julliard professor Naoko Tanaka and was previously the concertmistress of the 2008-2009 New Jersey All State High School Honor Orchestra. Cellist Kevin Lucero studied under David Szepessy – himself a pupil of the late Janos Starker, and has branched out his musical repetoire to beyond that of classical music. Kevin is a regular performing band member for the Jazz/Soul vocalist ABIAH and recently performed at the Blue Note Jazz Club, and Joe’s Pub Jazz Club in New York City.

FIREBIRD recently performed at the American Church in Paris in Paris, France under IMPACT’s France tour in June 2016.

ABOUT THE CHOIR

Screen Shot 2016-04-23 at 11.53.47 AMAlicia Greey, soprano

Alicia Greey began studying classical piano at the age of four. Throughout her childhood, Alicia studied with various piano teachers, most recently, Yuly Verbitsky. In 2009 and 2010, she performed in Carnegie Hall as one of the selected winners in the Piano Teachers Society of America Music and Arts Competition. Continuing with her musical career, Alicia attended Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. She soon discovered a great love for singing and pursued a BM in Music Education with a vocal concentration. She studied under the direction of Judith Nicosia, and graduated cum laude in 2015.

During her collegiate and following years, Alicia has sought to pass on both a passion for music and a desire to find one’s own “voice” within the world to all her students. Alicia teaches at RMC Studios in Garwood, NJ, instructing students in piano, voice, guitar and songwriting. In addition, she accompanies local schools and choirs on piano and organ, often arranging music herself for the choirs and instrumentalists to perform. In her spare time, Alicia is a singwriter and is currently working on recording her first album, set to release in late fall of 2016.

As a board member for IMPACT, Alicia sees this organization as an impressive avenue for connecting young artists from local communities with the wider world of music, offering them a chance to find their “voice” in the world.

 

Emilie Bishop, mezzo-soprano

Emilie Bishop is a lifelong singer. After singing in a regional children’s chorus, she continued singing at Bernards High School and Bard College. After graduating, she joined Harmonium Choral Society and has recently become active with Music in the Somerset Hills. She has just returned from a tour of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia with Harmonium. She became involved in IMPACT this year through connections in Harmonium.

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Stephanie Mangioglu, alto

Stephanie Mangioglu holds a Bachelor of Music degree with a vocal concentration from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. In addition to teaching private piano and voice lessons, Stephanie is an active singer, pianist, and organist. She has played in various pit bands for musicals and works as a freelance accompanist and singer. She actively works as a music director at the Rhino Theatre in Pompton Lakes, a semi-professional theatre troupe. Starting in September, Stephanie will be working with the New Jersey Chamber Singers as a conducting associate. Stephanie is the current music director at the Presbyterian Church of New Brunswick.

 

 

 

 

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Jenna Miller, alto

Jenna has been singing in choirs consistently since the age of 10. She spent five years in the Brigham Young University choirs in Utah, and has also sung in the Millennial Choirs and Orchestra in California and the Village Lutheran Church chancel choir in New York. Jenna is currently a member of the Harmonium Choral Society based in Morristown, New Jersey; she recently returned from Harmonium’s tour of the Baltic nations. Jenna is a certified genetic counselor who works in reproductive medicine.

 

 

 

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Nicholas Herrick, tenor

Nicholas graduated with a degree in applied physics from Brigham Young University. At BYU he sang in the Concert Choir for six years under Rosalind Hall, where he met his wife, Jenna Miller. His time at BYU included several nationally and internationally broadcast choral events and a performance with the King’s Singers. He spent a summer studying British choral music in London and he recently toured the Baltic countries with the Harmonium Choral Society.

 

 

 

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Murphy Lu, tenor

Murphy Lu has been singing for 1.5 decades and has been in over a dozen different choirs. While at Rutgers University, he also sang in Casual Harmony. During that time, he helped the group get ranked 16th in the nation and create the 2nd best male a cappella CD in the nation. After hitting his peak, he decided to retire from music and pursue a relaxing career in medicine, although he will never turn down an opportunity for karaoke.

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Matthew Lee, baritone

Matthew Lee received his B.M. in Choral and General Music Education from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and is the Choir Director at John P. Stevens High School in Edison, NJ, where he directs five ensembles. Under his direction, JPS choirs have received superior and gold ratings at state and regional competitions, including runner up at the 2016 Roxbury High School Choral Invitational and first place at the World Strides Heritage Festival in Washington D.C. Most recently, the John P. Stevens Chamber Choir received perfect scores from all three judges as well as a perfect score in sight reading at the NJACDA High School Choir Festival at Rutgers University.

Matthew has presented workshops and reading sessions at local and state music educator’s conferences, including the NJMEA Summer Conference, NJACDA summer conference, and the NJMEA All-State In-service Conference. He also serves on the NJMEA All-State Choral Procedures Board and is the manager of the New Jersey All-State Mixed Chorus. Prior to his current position, Matthew has held positions as the Musical Director of Morris Choral Society and the Chinese American Music Ensemble Children’s Choir. Matthew is also an active member of Harmonium Choral Society, and performed with the choir on tour in Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia this past summer.