Children in Need Benefit Concert for Japan

Posted by Kim on April 28, 2011 at 12:50 AM

On the night of Easter, April 24th, 2011, our club had a fund-raising concert for Japan Relief.  It turned out to be a small concert because of the holiday.  However, we were able to raise about $700 through the concert.  By adding the totals from both the concert and the bake sale, we were able to donate $900 to the Japan Fund created by Save the Children.

 

Before the concert, our lighting director, Rita Hu, and I gathered in the control room to deal with some technical problems while the performers practiced their pieces.  During the concert, everyone performed their pieces beautifully. The Fermata Group members, including Matthew Lee, Gaby Berbey, Migimatsu, and Caitlin Gowdy, performed classical pieces by Bartok, Brahms, Chopin, and Prokofiev.  We also had a guest performer, Nina Park, from san Domenico who performed two movements of Bach.  Then we had an intermission for the audience to take a break to get some cookies and drinks. 


After the intermission, other members, including Katarina Lee, Kenji Bellavigna, Toki Migimatsu, and Allie Simpson, from the Fermata Group performed pieces by Bartok, Weber, Ginastera and Bach. Following them, the Appassionato members dedicated a modern Japanese song called “Tears” by X Japan to the recent devastating earthquake in Japan. There were three signers, Jasmine Shu, Maggie Chen, and Hanna Kim accompanied by the pianist Angela Lo and the two violinists Elena Kim and Niki Fukuda.  The English translated lyrics were projected to the screen on stage by power point. The lyrics are:

 

Where should I go?  Now that you have left me

I'm searching for an answer in the past long gone

On a never-ending night, I dreamt of a journey

Gazing into the distant heavens, I embraced the loneliness

The winds of time, keep the flowing tears forever

You’re not truly gone, I can still feel your sigh

Dry your tears with love

 

Loneliness, your silent whisper

Fills a river of tears through the night

Memory, you never let me cry

And you, you never said good-bye

Sometimes our tears blinded the love

We lost our dreams along the way

But I never thought you'd trade your soul to the fates

Never thought you'd leave me alone

 

Time through the rain has set me free

Sands of time will keep your memory

Love everlasting fades away

Alive within your beatless heart

Dry your tears with love

Dry your tears with love

The winds of time

Keep the flowing tears forever

And undying sorrow

Blooms into a blue rose

Dry your tears with love


This song describes the feeling of losing someone you love but staying strong while drying your tears.  Through this song, we hope that victims of the earthquake and tsunami can turn their sorrow into courage and move on but always remember their beloved ones. 


The program ended with Crystal Shan’s modern interpretation of a traditional Chinese dance.  Her graceful performance with a feather was new to our club’s usual repertoire and received great compliments. 

 

We would like to thank all the performers and the crew who had made this concert memorable.  We also want to thank the audience who came to support our club.  Thank you everyone.

 

Program:

Six Romanian Folk Dances………Bartok

                Matthew Lee, piano

                Miller Creek Middle School

 

Sonatensatz………………….……Brahms

                Gabrielle Berbey, violin      

                The Branson School

 

Fantasie-Impromptu,Op. 66……..Chopin

                Kuni Migimatsu, piano

                The Branson School

 

Violin Concerto No.1 in D major…..Prokofiev

Caitlin Gowdy, Violin

                San Domenico School

 

ModernInterpretation of a Traditional Chinese Dance…………...…..Anonymous

 Crystal Shan, dance

                San Domenico School

 

Suite II…………………………………..Bach

     Sarabande

     Gigue

Nina Pak, Cello

                San Domenico School

 

                                Intermission

 

Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm, Nos. 1,2, 4, and 6……………….…………Bartok

Katarina Lee, Piano             

                The Branson School

 

 

ClarinetConcerto No. 1 in f minor, Op. 73……………..…..Carl Maria von Weber

Kenji Bellavigna, Clarinet                  

                Redwood High School

                Elena Kim,Piano

                SanDomenico School

 

Danza Argentinas……..AlbertoGinastera

I. Danza del viejo boyero

II. Danza del lamoza donosa

III. Danza delgaucho matrero

Toki Migimatsu, piano

                The Branson School

 

Suite II………………………….…...Bach

     Prelude

     Corrante

SuiteIII………………………………Bach

     Prelude

                Allie Simpson, Viola

                San Domenico School

 

Tears ……………………….……….X Japan

Jasmine Shu, Maggie Chen, Hanna Kim, Vocals; Angela Lo, Piano;

Elena Kim, Niki Fukada,Violin

                San Domenico School

 

 

Crew:

Announcement….Peggy Cui

Lights....Rita Hu

Projector/Poster....Kimberly Lin

Stagehands....Joanna Lu, Lynn Kuo, Nicole Chang, Rita Chang

Photography....Rhoda Berbey

Front Desk....Adelina Gowdy, Niki Fukada

 

Special thanks to:

Robert DeNunzio

Eugene Chukhlov

 

 

Related photos: http://www.childreninneedclub.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=11492387.

 

Categories: Performances, Charities, Benefit Concerts

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