By Paul Rawate for the Encino Patch -
More than 50 musicians and actors will take the stage for the annual winter performing arts recital Friday evening at Crespi Carmelite High School. Performance Practice students, including instrumental soloists, vocalists and student-created ensembles are scheduled to perform traditional, contemporary and original selections as well as seasonal favorites.
The program, open to the public and titled "On a Winter's Night," will be emceed by Crespi Drama instructor Brian Sheehan and will also feature members of the Crespi Conjurers. They will be joined by Crespi's Taiko drum ensemble, the only high school-based group of its kind in the United States practicing the high-energy Japanese percussion art form of Taiko drumming.
"Our students have been preparing since August for this performance," said Music Director Rannoch Purcell. "The recital is a relatively new Crespi tradition and sold out last year. This year we're adding some new surprises and a second show."
Some of the proceeds from ticket sales will help underwrite a study trip to the Taiko Center of the Pacific in Honolulu in January for the advanced Taiko performers. Eight students will learn and perform with renowned percussionist Kenny Endo, the first non-Japanese national to receive a Japanese stage name in the art of Japanese classical drumming.
Two performances will be held in the Crespi Commons located in the Fine Arts Building on Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Advance tickets are available from any performing arts student or by contacting Virginia Musich at (818) 345-1672.
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