The first of the 2012 Summer Recitals (which actually took place four days before the solstice) was attended by a very enthusastic and appreciative audience.

Ernest W. Carbajal, 13 year old 'cello student of Daniel Grab, played the "Prelude" and "Sarabande" from Suite No. 3 by Bach and "Salut d'Amour" by Elgar.  He was followed by 'cellist Mia Colombo and pianist Cassie Nickols on piano in Rachmaninoff's beautiful "Vocalise." All four 'cellists - Daniel Grab, Mia Colombo, Ernest Carbajal and Glenn Grab - and pianist Cassie Nickols - then performed James Domine's wonderful "Chorale for 'Cello Quartet."

A short intermission followed to refresh and stretch.

The second half featured Faure's "Elegy" and Saint-Saens "The Swan" from "Carnival of the Animals," beautifully played by Daniel Grab on 'cello and Cassie Nickols on piano; and a solo performance by Daniel Grab of Bach's "Prelude" from Suite No. 6. 'Cellists Daniel Grab, Mia Colombo and Glenn Grab, and pianist Cassie Nickols then offered "Requiem for Three 'Cellos and Piano," a rarely heard masterpiece by Popper. The concluding piece of music for the evening was the charming and uplifting "Duet in C major by Kummer, with dazzling performances by Daniel Grab and Mia Colombo on 'cello.

The audience showed its enjoyment and appreciation with a standing ovation for all of the musicians. It was indeed a great evening!

If you missed this Recital, be sure to join us for the second on Sunday, July 15, 2012, at 2:30 PM. It promises to be every bit as entertaining!


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