Sunday May 20  3:00 PM

Theodore Parker Unitarian Church

1859 Centre St, West Roxbury, MA

  • Performers and their families should arrive at least fifteen minutes before showtime.
  • On street parking is available.
  • The concert, which will last approximately 45 minutes, will be followed by an informal reception.
  • Families are encouraged to bring a sweet or savory snack to share.
  • Beverages will be provided.

Scroll down to view the 2018 Composers Gallery and get a Sneak Preview of the music this year's recitalists will be performing!


Composers Gallery

This year's recital will feature works by Sonny Rollins, Cornelius Gurlitt, Leonard Cohen, Bobby McFerrin, Edvard Grieg, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Robert Schumann, Taylor Swift, CC Chung, Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Frederic Chopin, and Charlie Pennel.


Sneak Preview - The Performers and the Music

Sonny Moon for Two

Major, a second grader at the Pierce School in Brookline, is playing Sonnymoon For Two by the great Jazz saxophonist and composer, Sonny Rollins. Sonnymoon for Two, a staple of the jazz repertoire, features a propulsive hard bop melody, derived from a descending minor pentatonic scale, set to a traditional 12 bar blues.

Click below to listen to a recording of Sonnymoon for Two.


Right After Rain

Adam, a fourth grader at the Mission Hill School in Jamaica Plain, is playing Right After Rain by Charlie Pennel.  Moody and enigmatic, Right After Rain is like a puddle full of rainbows.

Click below to listen to a recording of Right after Rain.


Dandelion Wings

Agatha, a fourth grader at the Pierce School in Brookline, is playing Dandelion Wings by Charlie Pennel. The opening theme of Dandelion Wings, explores a realm of magic and whimsy before giving way to the B section's hint of wistful reflection.

Agatha's performance will feature her own improvised solo.

Click below to listen to a recording of Dandelion Wings. 


Badinage

John, a fifth grader at the Shady Hill School in Cambridge, is playing Badinage by Cornelius Gurlitt.  Listen for the witty back and forth - that’s the “badinage” - between the right and left hands in this playful gem by a master of 19th century miniatures.

Click below to listen to a recording of Badinage.


Hallelujah

Daphne, a sixth grader at Heath School in Chestnut Hill, is playing and singing her original arrangement of Leonard Cohen's beloved classic, Hallelujah.  Daphne's piano accompaniment deftly supports her vocal interpretation of Cohen's haunting tune.

Click below to listen to John Cale's recording of Hallelujah.


Don't Worry Be Happy

Malcolm, a seventh grader at the Pierce School in Brookline, is playing his own arrangement of Don't Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin.  Malcolm's playful take on McFerrin's 1988 hit translates the original's multilayered acapella recording into an exuberant arrangement for solo piano. 

Click below to hear a recording of Don't Worry Be Happy.


Jackpot

Marcus, a seventh grader at The Shady Hill School in Cambridge, is playing Jackpot by Charlie Pennel.  Upbeat, funky, blues and gospel tinged, Jackpot opens with a smile and ends with a flourish.

Marcus' performance will feature his own improvised solo.

Click below to listen to a recording of Jackpot.


Arietta

So What

Felix, a seventh grader at The Shady Hill School in Cambridge, is playing Arietta by Edvard Grieg. Arietta, the first of Grieg's sixty-six Lyric Pieces for piano, showcases the charm  and beguiling simplicity of Grieg's early style.  Felix will follow his performance of Arietta with his interpretation of the Miles Davis classic, So What, from Davis' seminal 1959 album, Kind of Blue.  The spaciousness of So What's harmonic structure provides the soloist with a palate of open-ended narrative possibilities.  The album, Kind of Blue, with its revolutionary approach to harmony and it's all star line up featuring Miles Davis, Bill Evans, and John Coltrane, remains, to this day, the best selling jazz album of all time.

Felix's performance of So What will feature his own improvised solo.

Click below to listen to a recording of Arietta.

Click below to listen to a recording of So What.


Footprints

Emma is an eighth grader at the Runkle School in Brookline.  An accomplished violinist - this is Emma's first piano recital -  she'll be performing  Footprints by the jazz saxophonist, Wayne Shorter.  Shorter, a brilliant composer, came to prominence as a member of the Miles Davis Quartet in the early 1960's and remains active today as one of jazz's preeminent elder statesman.  Footprint's evocative melody floats over a loping a C Minor Blues in three quarter time.

Click below to listen to a recording of Footprints.


Invention No. 1 in C Major

Lifelong

CC, an eighth grader at the Buckingham, Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge, is playing Johann Sebastian Bach's Invention No 1 in C Major, BVW 772.Originally composed to instruct students in the art of playing two and three voices in a "singing style”, Bach’s Inventions are among the most beautiful keyboard compositions of all time. Following the Invention, CC will be playing and singing her delightful, original song, Lifelong.

Click below to listen to recording of Bach's Invention No. 1.


Out of the Woods

Sarah, an eighth grader at Heath School in Chestnut Hill, is playing and singing her original arrangement of Out of the Woods by Taylor Swift.  Sarah's heartfelt interpretation of Out of the Woods is inspired by Swift's achingly personal acoustic performance at the Grammy Museum in 2015.

Click below to watch a video of Taylor Swift performing Out of the Woods.  The video opens with a spoken introduction.  The song begins at 1:05.


Duetto

Hattie, a freshman at at the Buckingham, Browne and Nichols Schoo in Cambridge, is playing Duetto, Op. 38. No. 6  in Ab Major by Felix Mendelssohn.  Duetto, form Mendelssohn's collection, Songs Without Words, was composed in the summer of 1836 soon after the composer had met, and fallen in love with, his future wife, Cécile Charlotte Sophie Jeanrenaud.  This poetic work, one of Mendelssohn's most beautiful, takes the form of a love song between the alto and tenor voices as the graceful melody flows from hand to hand, uniting at the end.

Click below to listen to a recording of Duetto.


Noturne in F# Major

Duncan, a senior at the Belmont Hill School in Belmont, is playing Frederic Chopin's  Nocturne in F# Major Opus 15 No. 2.  Composed in the early 1830's, Chopin's Opus 15 Nocturnes display the pianism and depth of feeling that are hallmarks of his mature style.  The F# Major Nocturne's opening theme is among the most alluring of all Chopin's melodies.  The mercurial middle section, marked Doppio movimento (twice as fast), reaches a surprisingly dramatic high point before returning to a reimagined reprise of the original theme.

Click below to listen to a recording of the Nocturne in F# Major.