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PRESS PHOTO BY DOUGLAS GRAVES Joseph Hall plays PRESS PHOTO BY DOUGLAS GRAVES Joseph Hall plays "Ave Maria" trumpet solo in Community Music School Lehigh Valley Gala Recital, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

CMS students present recital

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

Community Music School Lehigh Valley produced its annual Gala Recital to a roomful of admiring parents and guests in the Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The music of Handel, Hayden and other classical composers provided some of the students' pieces.

Community Music School Lehigh Valley Director Carolyn Clarke was emcee for the June 9 event. Larry Johnson, president of the CMS board of directors, was among attendees.

Johnson said 70 percent of the students receive financial assistance or reduced tuition.

"The school develops kids tremendously," said Johnson. "It builds a sense of self worth."

Clarke said students of CMS, which was founded in 1981, perform in venues throughout the Lehigh Valley.

Kayleigh Ackerman, Erica Haas, Sabrina Sizer and Teva Skovnonek, members of the Community Music School Flute Choir, performed Allegretto in G by James Hook.

Sabrina Sizer, 14, an eighth grader at Salisbury Middle School, performed a solo for Giovanni Battista Pergolesi's Allegro from Concerto in G.

Nicolette Bottoni played a piano solo on Bert Kaempfert's "Spanish Eyes."

A very young Valmiki Kothare performed Dmitri Kabalevsky's "Cradle Song" from Opus 27, No. 8.

Nancy Faber's composition "Spanish Caballero" was interpreted by Ashley Chila at the piano.

Peter Loikits sang C. Miller's "Disappear."

Julia Young's choice for her piano recital was the "Cradle Song" by Kabalevsky.

Emmanuel DeOliveira played a rendition of Dennis Alexander's "La Mia Tarantella."

Charles Gounod's adaptation of "Ave Maria" was played by Joseph Hall on trumpet.

Ian Cunningham on alto saxophone delivered George Frideric Handel's Sonata No. 3 "Il Allegro."

Caroline Boulay from Salisbury, sang the Handel composition, "Where 'Er You Walk" from the opera "Semele," first performed in1744 at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, London.

Steven Wroge, violin, played Antonin Dvorak's composition, "Humor-esque."

Kristie Budihardjo, 16, a student at Parkland High School, played Concerto in G Major by Joseph Hayden on a Horoshi Kono violin.

Prthysha Kothare, piano, played Fritz Spindler's "Vivo" from "Sonatina in C."

Kelly McMahan performed a violin piece, "Gavotte" by P. Martini.

Joseph Coco, clarinet, played Carl Maria Von Weber's "Grand Duo Concertante."

After their recital performances, the students joined their parents and guest for refreshments.