Walnut Tri-M hosts annual Recital Night

Soloists and small ensembles from Concert Band, Jazz Band and Orchestra performed in their annual Recital Night Thursday, March 5 in the band room. 

Walnut Tri-M, an organization that recognizes students for their musical achievements and provides leadership opportunities to musicians, hosted Recital Night to showcase Walnut’s various performing arts organizations. Recital Night focused primarily on student soloists and allowed seniors to complete their solo requirement for the school of arts diploma. 

“Recital Night gave people a chance to perform in front of an audience, whether you need to practice performing in front of people, or you just want to feel the moment and perform. A lot of people came, and they were very supportive of others’ performances,” flutist sophomore Chloe Yow said. “Some people don’t get the chance to showcase their talent in a larger group, so Recital Night helped them out with it since it’s solos and small ensembles.”

As one of the first performers, tenor saxophonist senior Usuhe Maston played the classical song, “The Carnival of the Animals ‘The Swan’” composed by Camille Saint-Saens.

“I was excited but also nervous since I do not [often] perform solos. I enjoyed how I could use [my solo] as a way to just see my own personal progress. I can clearly hear myself in a more real setting than just practicing alone, and I can focus on my tone,” Maston said. “Recital Night [allows] other music students to support each other and get more creative in the pieces they choose to play.”

The event was open to everyone willing to perform, but the pieces had to be approved by band adviser, Ms. Takahashi, prior to Recital Night. In the second half of the concert, seniors Ethan Ho and Nicholas Wang performed the song “Married Life” by Michael Giacchino from the 2009 Disney movie “Up.” 

“For me, [this event] was just for fun — to make music for other people to enjoy. I was excited to hear what the other performers would play, and of course I was excited to share the music that we had been preparing,” Ho said. “It was exciting to hear my arrangement actually being put into music.”
By Raymond Dunn, Staff writer
Photo by Sophia Steele