Discovering the Talents Among Us

On November 5, Ross Upper School students and community members were invited to a musical recital in the Senior Lecture Hall. The nine acts that graced the stage offered a spirited reminder of just how much hidden talent we pass on our campus paths each day. 

Harrison Muchnic and Celina Ludes opened the show with two piano pieces (“Spanish Caballero” and “Indians,” respectively), drawing cheers. They were followed by a pair of vocal performances: Sherry Gao sang Rihanna’s “Take a Bow,” and Jekaterina Mandrukevica showed off her pipes with her own adaptation of Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water.”

Performing Arts teacher Maureen Isbister performed Haydn’s “Trumpet Concerto,” accompanied by Janet Fensterer on piano. She was followed by Dean of Performing Arts Adam Judd, who wowed the room with two vocal solos, including “Der Tod und das Mädchen,” a deeply felt German “story-song” with a dialogue between a young woman and Death himself, and Stephen Schwartz’s “Beautiful City.”

Robert Davies, also a Performing Arts teacher, elicited oohs and ahs from the crowd with his virtuosic “Fugue in G Minor” by Bach on electric bass. Next came the most raucous number of the recital, courtesy of a group of 10 singers calling themselves Internal Melodies (better known as Ross interns), who produced a barn-burning a capella rendition of Billy’s Joel’s “For the Longest Time.”

Finally, the Chamber Ensemble (featuring Eddie Chan, Mark Cheng, Fumino Hagino, Dorothy Li, Claire Yan, and Robert Davies) played three of the pieces they will be performing at the Fall Concert on November 19: “Little Fugue in C” by Robert Davies, Bach’s “Sarabande” from Orchestral Suite in B minor, and the theme from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” which earned laughs and big round of applause from an appreciative audience of students, faculty, and staff.