Wesley Institute’s Music Showcase Reaches New Heights
Wesley Institute’s Music Student Showcase 2011 left an impressive ring in a sold-out theatre on Thursday 6 October. The evening featured Wesley Institute’s Bachelor of Music students performing captivating works from a wide variety of musical genres in both solo and ensemble mode.
Contemporary instrumental guitar performances included Always with Me, Always with You by Joe Satriani, performed by Micah Beel; Birdland by Weather Report, performed by Daniel Flakelar; and Tunnel Vision by John Petrucci, performed by Alex Richmond.
Classical and jazz instrumentals were provided by Beata Eckerman, performing the classical piano piece Un Sospiro (‘A Sigh’) by Franz Liszt; and Nicholson Morrison, performing Chega de Saudade (‘No More Blues’) by Antonio Carlos on the tenor saxophone.
Inspiring vocal performances included Rachael Zafirian, performing Rolling in the Deep by Adele; Lauren McDougall, performing I Hate Men from Wesley Institute’s recent production of Kiss Me Kate; Michael Axiak and his band offering a lively rendition of Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash; and John Paul Turner, performing the operatic piece, Non Piu andrai from The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart.
A unique Star Wars Medley drum solo featuring Lachlan Brown, and an enchanting original composition entitled Memories by Hiroshi Tse further enriched the outstanding musical diversity of the Showcase.
The evening culminated with a stunning performance from the Wesley Institute Choir (conducted by Dr. Sadaharu Muramatsu and accompanied by Na Ri Kim) incorporating two pieces that saw the choir win 2nd Prize in the mixed choir category in the Summa Cum Laude International Music Festival and Competition in Vienna earlier this year.
Wesley Institute’s School of Music offers a Master of Music (majoring in Performance, Contemporary Composition or Arts Management), a Bachelor of Music and an Associate Degree of Music.
Third year graduating Music Student Recitals will be held on the 5 November at Wesley Institute. Interested prospective students, their families and friends, and the general public are warmly invited to attend.