With spring in full bloom, LAMusArt hosted its annual Concierto de Primavera on Saturday, April 5 at the East Los Angeles College Performing Arts Center. The concert featured a diverse student showcase of music performances by student soloists and ensemble members, and honored Mr. Marvin Martinez, president of East Los Angeles College, for his dedicated support of arts education.
Isela Sotelo, LAMusArt Executive Director, opened the evening by welcoming and thanking everyone for their continued support of LAMusArt students and programs, which allow our school to continue to invigorate and develop our students for higher education and professional careers opportunities.
Starting off the showcase, and shaking off pre-performance butterflies, Hannah Franco shined onstage with her performance of “Gia il Sole del Gange,” accompanied on piano by her very own LAMusArt teacher, J.P. Rogers. Next, student pianist, Samatha Fang, followed with a lively and intricate performance of a Beethoven sonata.
Soon, it was time for the youngest performers of the evening, members of the KIPP Outreach Program (comprised of 34 third, fourth, and fifth grade students), to take the stage. Parents and family of the youngsters looked on with delight as they performed orchestrations on the violin and viola alongside their instructor, Timothy Maloof.
Following them was twelve-year old vocal soloist, Tiffany Cruz, whose performance of the Oscar®-winning song “Let it Go,” from Disney’s Frozen, was emotionally nuanced and powerful.
The honoree of the night, Mr. Martinez, whose partnership and outreach with LAMusArt has provided our students with a professional performance venue, was presented with the Creative Paths in Education Award by Ms. Sotelo and Mr. Efrain Fuentes, LAMusArt Board of Directors President.
The showcase continued with blooming symphonic suite performances by the LAMusArt LAPCA Junior and Youth Orchestras under the direction of Music Director, Dr. Gideon Ruben. The student orchestra covered music from The Lord of the Rings, including a vocal rendition of “Into the West” by student Diana Ventura, and Mission: Impossible films.
The event could not have been possible without the immense support of parents, community members, and individuals who support LAMusArt in its arts education initiatives.