Ed Mascari Piano Studios Adult Recital
Our 2016 Annual Spring Adult Student Piano Recital in Natick MA
Our annual recital program for the Ed Mascari Piano Studios adult piano students is a more informal program that is graciously hosted at the home of one of our long time Natick MA 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 students Rick Rosson, Mary Rapa, Gabe Weinberg, Jodi-Lynn Levy, Lisa Carroll and Ken Taylor. Also attending, but choosing not to perform this year, was student Don Winning.
The adult piano students played a wonderful assortment of jazz and classical selections, in displaying a wide range of piano musical styles.
Rick Rosson started things off with two upbeat jazz classics On the Sunny Side of the Street followed by the bouncing blues Route 66. Rick, a Marketing and Sales Rep for Mathworks, is from Ashland MA and takes lessons at our Hudson MA piano studio.
Mary Rapa, a long time student with the Ed Mascari Piano Studios, was next. Mary’s been taking piano lessons with Ed for over 14 years starting as an adult beginner and enjoys playing a mix of classical and pop tunes. Mary elected to perform Nocturne in B Major Op. 32 No. 1 by Chopin (a name that should be familiar to most piano students). Mary is Director of Nursing at the Learning Center for the Deaf in Framingham, MA.
Woburn resident Gabe Weinberg was next performing the jazz standard How High the Moon followed by the Dixieland classic Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? and ending with I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter. Gabe works as a Marketing/Graphic Arts Director for a non-profit organization. He began lessons at the Ed Mascari Piano Studios as an adult beginner after seeing our YourTube instructional videos and music theory web pages.
Following Gabe was Sudbury MA resident Jodi-Lynn Levy with her performance of Georgia on My Mind and The Glory of Love. Jodi-Lynn takes lessons at our Natick MA piano Studio. She also gives piano lessons herself and is the mother of 3 elementary school age children.
Another long time student, Lisa Carroll followed starting with a medley consisting of Unforgettable and the Bossa nova classic Girl From Ipanema followed by Let It Go. Lisa 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 8 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 has graciously hosted the Adult Recital for 7 consecutive years and our adult piano students very much enjoy the atmosphere this fun, relaxing home environment provides.
Southborough, MA resident Michael Pagliuca was up next playing the always fun Makin’ Whoopee followed by the jazzy Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? Michael works as a Business Banker and takes lessons at our Natick MA piano studio.
Also attending the recital as a member of the audience was Wayland, MA resident Don Winning. Don, has returned to the piano after retiring to study with Ed for the past six months.
Last on the program was long time student Ken Taylor. 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. For this recital Ken performed Blue Moon.
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 wonderful close with their rendition of a medley consisting of the theme from the TV shows I Love Lucy and Meet the Flintstones.
Our gracious hosts provided refreshments and a good time was had by all of our wonderful students!
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