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May 2 Spring Showcase Features SMS & YAP Students, Queens
College Choir



Kaufman Music Center’s 2013 Spring Showcase concert in Merkin Concert Hall on May 2 at 7:30 pm features solo performances by Special Music School 8th graders and graduating seniors in the Center’s Young Artist Program as well as a collaborative performance of Corigliano’s Fern Hill by SMS’s Vox Nova Chorus and the Queens College Choir.

The SMS 8th graders featured in the concert, all of whom will attend the new SMS High School opening this fall, are Joshua Kail, violin; Johanna Nelson, piano; Sebastian Stoger, cello; and Zachary Detrick, whose composition “They told me you had been to her” will be performed by soprano Emily Eagan and pianist Dean Deng.

Performers from the Young Artist Program, an intensive music program for highly motivated high school students, are Kaitlin Cullen-Verhauz, cello; Stanislav Demochko, piano; Haley Gillia, violin; and Alexander Kiladze, piano.

SMS’s Vox Nova Chorus – made up of all 50 of the school’s middle school students – teams up with the Queens College Choir for a performance of Corigliano’s Fern Hill. This collaboration has been an important educational experience for the middle schoolers, says Vox Nova director Emily John. The Queens College students have acted as mentors to the younger musicians, with whom they have shared their backgrounds, college experience and career plans. “The SMS students also had the opportunity to meld their voices with the richer timbres of the college choir, which has provided a satisfying musical performance experience,” says John. “Collaboration, and the spirit behind it, is important to the growth of an artist in the 21st century, as in any century.” The two choirs will be joined by 10 instrumentalists from Queens College and Special Music School.

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