This annual season opener, organized by Sembrich Program Coordinator, Anita Behr Richards, brings together some of the region’s most promising high school and college students for an afternoon of vocal and instrumental music, in both classical and popular styles. This year, a total of fourteen students representing nine different schools will be featured. "We've never had quite the variety of performers as we have this season," says Richards, "Everything from string bass, violin and cello to pianists and vocalists." Musical selections for the afternoon include classical works by Mozart, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff and popular pieces by Stephen Schwartz and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Among the young performers spotlighted on Saturday's concert is Garrett Torbert, who will be joining the Sembrich staff this season as Production Assistant. "I'm excited to have this opportunity to perform in Madame Sembrich's historic studio," says Torbert. "It's a wonderful way to introduce myself and to begin my summer internship at The Sembrich!" The young tenor will perform "Dein ist mein ganzes Herz" from the operetta The Land of Smiles by Franz Lehar. A recent graduate of the University of South Alabama with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance, Garrett will pursue his Masters Degree this fall at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.
"Through the Showcase, The Sembrich recognizes the talents and accomplishments of students of music," states Richards. "It gives them an opportunity to perform, where long ago Juilliard and Curtis Institute students studied and performed under the tutelage of Mme. Marcella Sembrich."
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