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String students shine at ‘A Trip to the Movies’ recital

Family and friends alike were treated to “A Trip to the Movies” last Thursday night, when the string students of Kate Kelley performed tunes from their favorite films for this year’s spring recital. In keeping with the theme of the evening, many of the students dressed as characters from their movie, and popcorn and movie candy were the refreshments.

David Morehouse, 8, arrived sporting the uniform of a Jedi knight and kicked off the evening’s music with the theme song from “Star Wars”.

Lydia Hines, 9, dressed as Little Orphan Annie, played the well-known song “Tomorrow” from the movie “Annie” as a duet with her teacher.

Ahia Kaeser, 11, looked authentic as a fraulein while she played “Edelweiss” from “The Sound of Music”. In keeping with the Austrian theme, Ahia also performed “The Emperor’s Waltz” by Johann Strauss.

One of two adults currently enjoying violin lessons, Reid Kelly, performed the haunting melody from “The Red Violin” called “Anna’s Theme” and wore his red tie to highlight the movie’s title.

Anika Thomas, 9, clad in a long gown with long braided yellow “hair,” was Rapunzel. Anika played “I See the Light” from the movie “Tangled,” which was arranged by Kelley for viola.

Three other students also performed during the evening’s festivities. Arianna Stewart, 8, played “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” as she herself twinkled in the pink dress and shoes that coordinated with her new pink violin. Cellist Liam O’Brien, 13, offered a fine performance of J. S. Bach’s “Musette from English Suite No. 3”.

Seth Wiersma, 10, amazed the audience with his rendition of “Seesaw”. Brand new to the viola, Seth had only three lessons before the recital, yet played so clearly and precisely that he garnered many compliments on his skill mastery to this point.

After the evening’s final performance, instructor Kelley thanked those in attendance, but made special note of the parents who dedicate their time and resources to the young students who perform.

“None of this is ever possible without the dedication of parents who are willing to sacrifice in so many different ways in order for their children to become accomplished string players,” noted Kelley.

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