Members of the Suzuki Ensemble Performed with The Piano Guys at the Fox! | Webster University

Members of the Suzuki Ensemble Performed with The Piano Guys at the Fox!

Members of the Suzuki Ensemble Perform with the Piano Guys!Violin students from the Community Music School of Webster University's Suzuki Ensemble joined The Piano Guys onstage at the Fabulous Fox Theatre, to perform Beethoven's 5 Secrets to a sold out crowd on October 18, 2014.  The students who played were Lian Anderson, Kate Bowermaster, Clare Bolesta, Grace Bolesta, Fiona Carton, Trevor Scott, Josh Simelbauer, and Kevin Zhou.  

The Piano Guys became an internet sensation by way of their immensely successful series of strikingly original self-made music videos and their highly original blend of classical music with pop.  Beethoven's 5 Secrets is a mash-up which brings together the song Secrets by the popular band One Republic with excerpts from all four movements of Beethoven's 5th Symphony

CMS Director, Carol Commerford, was contacted by the Fox Theatre, who was looking for eight middle-high school aged violin students to play with The Piano Guys.  The students had to be able to play with very good intonation, from memory and perform with strong stage presence.  Carol said, "I thought of violins from the Suzuki Ensemble from the beginning.  They are well-trained and have a wonderful director, Joanne Keefe, to prepare them for the performance."  Extra rehearsals were utilized to learn the music and practice their stage presence.  When it came time for the big day, Suzuki Ensemble student Fiona Carton exclaimed that director Joanne Keefe helped relax the students, "Ms. Keefe was so jazzed and silly - it helped us to relax and not be nervous and to have fun and to SMILE!"  

Special mention on the Fox MarqueeIn addition to their moment in the spotlight, the students had the opportunity to witness backstage happenings and meet, practice, and take photos with The Piano Guys.  Fiona said, "The Piano Guys were so much fun to be around.  You can tell that they love what they do.  They took care to remember each and every one of our names (and even the parent's names)!"  The students were warmly welcomed by the Fox Theatre with a special mention on the Fox Theatre's marquee.  The Fox Theatre's staff were very pleased with the student's performance, "the students did an amazing job!"  

It was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for these students to play to a sold out crowd in the 4,500-seat Fox Theatre.  "It was an amazing experience!  It was nerve-wracking and terrifying but during the performance it was so thrilling!  I realize I love being on stage.  It also made me realize that playing violin can be more fun than I ever thought," said Fiona. 

Under the direction of Joanne Keefe, the Suzuki Ensemble is comprised of students who have advanced to the highest level of accomplishment in the Community Music School's Suzuki String Program.  The Suzuki Ensemble has performed in Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, and Wisconsin, and in 2006 toured and performed in Europe.  Upcoming engagements for the Suzuki Ensemble include a special holiday program at Bethesda Orchard's Senior Living Retirement Community, a performance on February 15 at 2 p.m. at the Kirkwood Public Library, and their final Spring Concert on April 26 at 2 p.m. at the CMS Center.

Watch their performance!