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Ed Mascari Piano Studio 2013 Adult Recital
Our Annual Spring Adult Student Piano Recital in Natick MA
Our recital program for Ed Mascari Piano Studio adult piano students is a more informal program that is graciously hosted at the home of one of our long time piano students.This year, our evening piano recital program consisted of performances by adult students again hosted at the home of Lisa and Jerry Carroll of Natick. Performing at the 7:00 PM recital were seven of Ed Mascari's adult piano students, Debbie Lovewell, Richard Blacquier, Mary Rapa, Sarah Reiss, Molly Raddant, Lisa Carroll and Ken Taylor.
The students played a nice mixture of jazz selections by George Gershwin, Fats Waller, Miles Davis and Harold Arlen as well as classical favorites by Chopin and Satie.
Debbie Lovewell stared off the program with Nocturne in Eb by Chopin and Sunrise at San Miguel by Bennett. Debbie is a nurse who played clarinet and guitar as a child. She started playing the piano after purchasing an upright piano built by a piano company that was owned by her grandmother's family. She was inspired to begin piano lessons with Ed after hearing one of Ed's students play a piano piece over the telephone to his grandmother who was one of Debbie's hospital patients. That was 8 years ago and she's been enjoying the piano ever since.
Next up was Richard Blacquier playing To a Wild Rose by MacDowell and Gnoissienne No. 1 by Satie. Richard is a social worker who also plays classical guitar, but wanted to learn to play the piano. After beginning lessons with another piano teacher in Natick, MA Richard decided he needed to find a teacher who was more encouraging. He began lessons with Ed 4 years ago and finds that Ed provides the encouragement Richard needs to really enjoy playing the piano.
Mary Rapa is another long time student with Ed Mascari. She's been taking piano lessons with Ed for over 10 years starting as an adult beginner. Mary elected to perform a medley of tunes by Jay Ungar consisting of Ashokan Farewell and Lover's Waltz. Mary is Director of Nursing at the Learning Center for the Deaf in Framingham, MA.
Transitioning the program to jazz and pop selections, another long time Ed Mascari Piano Studio student Sarah Reiss was next.Sarah performed Fly Me to the Moon by Howard and Embraceable You by Gershwin. Sarah is recently retired from her career as an Information Technology specialist. She started piano lessons as an adult beginner with Ed about 7 years ago. Sarah has not only learned to play the songs she loves, but she has also become skilled at using Sibelius Notation software to write up her arrangements all under Ed's guidance.
Thirteen-year-old special guest Molly Raddant performed at the adult piano recital because she was unable to participate in the Natick Recital due to schedule conflicts. Molly is completing the 8th grade at Kennedy Middle School in Natick, MA and in addition to being an accomplished pianist is also an outstanding vocalist. Molly began piano lessons with Ed when she was 6 years old.
Lisa Carroll took classical piano lessons for 10 years while growing up. She decided to go back to taking piano lessons when her daughter began taking lessons from Ed about 6 years ago. After renewing some of her piano skills, Lisa became very interested in expanding her musical horizons by learning to play standards. She continues to experiment on the piano by embellishing her song arrangements with interludes and improvisational ideas. Lisa displayed this ability in her selection, a medley of the tunes, Dream a Little Dream of Me by Andre & Schwandt and Ain't Misbehavin' by Waller. Lisa has hosted the Adult Recital for 4 consecutive years and the adult students very much enjoy the atmosphere this fun, relaxing home environment provides.
Upon turning 50, guitarist Ken Taylor decided that the piano would offer him more room for expanding and developing his musical ideas. He still enjoys playing jazz guitar and in addition to playing and arranging standards as solo piano pieces under Ed's guidance, Ken incorporates technology into his piano playing by creating and arranging song arrangements using Band in Box musical software. Ken's piano blog Learning to play jazz piano after age 50+ features several of his wonderful recordings and he is also featured on our own Piano Student Showcase page. For this recital Ken performed his own wonderful interpretation of Blue In Green by Miles Davis.
Ken and Ed traditionally conclude each June's adult student recital with a jazz duet played with one piano-four hands. This year they brought the recital to a close with an inspired rendition of the classic Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Arlen.
Our gracious hosts provided refreshments and a good time was had by all!
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