‘Rhapsody in Green’ wows audiences at Cambridge Lakes Learning Center
From STaff Reports January 25, 2013 3:10PM
Cambridge Lakes Charter School music team lead Gregor King sings at the “Rhapsody in Green” concert on January 19.
Updated: February 28, 2013 6:45AM
PINGREE GROVE — Two inaugural performances won over audiences at the Cambridge Lakes Learning Center on Jan. 18 and 19.
Northern Kane Educational Corp. Artist-in-Residence Dr. Yukiko Fujimura made her debut concert in that role and a new Jumbotron-like video wall served as the background. Cambridge Lakes Charter School music team lead Gregor King added vocals to the “Rhapsody in Green” concert, which showcased to the public that the talents of the music department at the Charter School go beyond the classroom.
Fujimura, a native of Kanagawa, Japan, holds a doctor of arts in piano performance from Ball State University. King sings as a tenor at the Grace United Methodist Chancel choir and performs with the St. Charles Singers. The Steinway Grand Piano that Fujimura played on served as another “star” of the show. The Steinway added professional concert sound quality to the performance.
King, accompanied by Fujimura on piano, opened the show with his rendition of “You Raise Me Up.” The massive video wall displayed images that complimented the music such as portraits of composers. Fujimura’s pieces included Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Concert Suite” and Gershwin’s Eutude No. 4 “Embraceable You.” King closed the show closed with Michael Buble’s “Home.”
“It was awesome,” Jim Pupelis, concert attendee, said. “(King and Fujimura) are pros.”
Pupelis recently moved to Pingree Grove. The concert provided him with a great first visit to and impression of CLCS.
“I enjoyed seeing so many new faces at the school,” Fujimura said. “As a doctor of arts in music, I feel like it is my duty to educate new audiences about classical music, which provides listeners with a deep emotional experience.”
The concert served as a fundraiser for the annual 8th grade educational trip to Washington D. C.
“I want to thank everyone who attended, and I hope they enjoyed the show as much as I did,” Stacey Ruiz, School’s Out director and 8th grade trip organizer. “The 8th graders appreciate the support from the community.”
To learn more about Cambridge Lakes Charter School visit http://Cambridgelakescharterschool.net.