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Pop fuses with classical at annual student-led charity concert

Ryan L. (’19) for The Blue & Gold

On Jan. 18, the Tri-M charity concert took place in the Harmony Theater from 7-9 p.m.. The event featured music of numerous genres, including jazz, classical and pop. Andrew C. (‘19),  vice president of the Tri-M Honor Society, said, “We really wanted to open up the concert to as many people as possible and expose people to different genres of music, so this year we had Japanese songs and a rock band perform, but also the more conventional jazz and classical. ”
First Half Performances:

  1. TAS Jazz Ensemble Performed Groovin’ Hard by Don Menza
  2. Quintessence (TAS Student Acapela Group) performed Stitches by Shawn Mendes
  3. Andrew C. (’19) and Kyle H. (’20) performed Summertime by Jazz Duets
  4. Irene W. (’19), Olivia H. (’19), and Rachel G. (’19) performed Pie Jesu by Andrew Lloyd Webber
  5. Celine H. (’20) and Claire W. (’20) performed an original mandarin song.
  6. Jeremy T. (’19), Julianne V. (’21), and Ting-Yu Y. (’21) performed Andante et Rondo, Op.25 by Franz Doppler
  7. Spooktober Forever, a TAS student band, performed Movie by Tom Misch
  8. Cindy C. (‘19) and Jeremy T. (‘19) performed Cello Sonata, Movement 1 by Dmitri Shotakovich

Upon entering the venue, the Jazz band were already seated. Sisy C. (’19) gave an opening remark before the event begun. Alumnus and previous Tri-M co-president Brian K. (‘18) said, “It felt like I’ve never left. I was present for some of the rehearsal, and the officers even asked me a couple of miscellaneous questions.”
After the conclusion of the first half, there was a 20-minute intermission. Sandwiches, sushi, desserts, and refreshments were provided. In addition to food and drink, there was also a photobooth for attendees to take pictures and commemorate their time at the event

Ryan L. (’19) for The Blue & Gold

The second half of the concert began with Jade H. (21’) performing Rose by Jereen Montemayor.

  1. Jade H. (‘21) performed Rose by Jereena Montemayor
  2. April W. (’22) and Phoebe W. (’22) performed Polonaise Brillante No.1 in D Major, Op.4 by Henryk Wieniawski
  3. April T. (’19) and Selene K. (’19) performed Words by Aimer
  4. Andrew C. (’19) and Jeremy T. (’19) performed Cafe 1930 by Astor Piazolla arranged by Dmitriy Varelas
  5. Catherine L. (’19) and Jasmin Y. (’19) performed A life That’s Good by Lennon & Maisy
  6. Annie C. (’20) performed Misty by Erroll Garner
  7. Darren F. (’19), Joy C. (’20), Sisy C. (’19), and Tingjen H. (’20) performing Youngblood by 5 Seconds of Summer

Annie C. (’20) said, “When I heard that I got into Tri-M for jazz piano, I really couldn’t believe it. to move from accompanying other singers to playing a solo by myself, it really was a big jump in becoming a better musician.” For her performance Annie explored many styles of the music to convey a “fresh” sensation to the audience. “it really helped me open my eyes to more genre of music and stretched my musical skills.” She said.
At the conclusion of the concert, the Tri-M officers were asked to go up on stage to receive recognition, then the end of the concert came. Many performers were holding flowers given to them by their family and friends.
These past two years has seen that the majority of the tickets for the Tri-M charity concert had sold out, yet Brian said, “Some time ago, the Tri-M concert was far more popular, it was held in the auditorium. This was over ten years ago.” Brian said that this information was given to him by Mr. Richard Arnold of the History department. “The number of people who are interested in playing classical music, like myself, have diminished over time,” Brian said.
It was quite bittersweet. It didn’t really hit me as my last Tri-M Charity Concert until I was waiting for the last performance. I was reading over the program, thinking of what to say, when I saw the title ‘Youngblood’,” Andrew C. (’19), vice president of the Tri-M Honor Society, said. “I feel a bit sad that I’ll be leaving this sort of experience at TAS, but I am happy that I got to experience for all four years of high school.”

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