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Fall, 2013 Recital Highlights and Review

A Philly Music Lessons Recital Review

So it came again, the time of year for a Philly Music Lessons recital.  Last year, we were pleased to present, to our students and community, the very first Philly Music Lessons recital. The performance took place at the Ukranian League, situated in the Fairmount neighborhood of Philadelphia.  Rookies from all across Philadelphia and the surrounding areas tested their live chops on guitar, piano, vocals, and drums for the very first time that night.

This year, with even more bourgeoning musicians in the lineup, we were able to showcase our students’ talents, backed by the impeccable acoustics of the Church of the Holy Trinity just off of Rittenhouse Square.  The ornate dome of the church, which arched high above the grand piano and musicians, opened up into a wide vault.  Here, in the sanctuary of the church, parents and friends watched eclectic performances: Blue Monk arrangements on piano, an epic jazz guitar improvisation (one of the many teacher-student duets), and a crooning electric guitar solo that reverberated Metallica into the vaults.

First up to perform was Ian McGrath.  He had a great sense for the tune, and was able to interpret on the spot like a true jazz pianist.  Bravo, Ian!  It’s not every day that young students decide they want to take on the challenge of learning jazz improvisation!  What better city to explore this musical genre than in Philadelphia.

Next to stage was Addie Dash.  Addie is a relatively new student with Philly Music Lessons, yet she wowed the audience with her delicate and soulful, finger-plucked rendition of “Deep in the Heart of Texas”.  While her guitar instructor strummed along, Addie confidently navigated the frets and strings while she played the melody beautifully.  Not bad for a 6 year old!

Following Addie was her sister, Hayden Dash.   She offered an energetic piano performance of Do-Re-Mi, from the Sound of Music.  Hayden kept great rhythm in both hands, hitting chords in her left, and playing the classic melody in her right.

Philip Dilgard Clark returned again this year to show us his continuing progress.  Philip began guitar with us when he was just 4 years old, and has already started to cultivate some serious guitar skills!  He confidently strummed the chords of “Sweet Caroline”, by Neil Diamond, and rocked out into a fun, finger-plucked melody of “Old McDonald”.  We loved this song pair and Philip’s emerging style.

Noah Williams changed the tone, and sat cooly in his chair to transport us all into the heavy metal era of the 90s.  The combination of the pristine acoustics with the grunge electric guitar sound was, well, awesome!  Noah’s choice to cover Metallica was a welcomed modern performance.

Continue reading for the full review of our Fall, 2013 Recital