EMC hosts Spring Benefit Concert


Ciara Mulligan ('23)

Matthew McCloskey (’23) and Anthony Meloni (’23) at EMC’s Spring Benefit Concert

On Saturday, April 2nd, East Musicians on Call (EMC) held a live concert at Trinity Presbyterian Church in order to raise money for Project Crescendo.

The concert started off dramatically, with Christopher Shin (‘23) playing “Scriabin Concert Etude Op.8 No.12 in d-flat minor” on the piano, followed by Brooke Warren (‘23)’s rendition of “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen. First-time performer Peter Tepper played an original song, “Winkie Face”.

In fact, several of the performers were there performing original content. For instance, Jeremy Raden (‘24) played his own piano composition called “Rhapsodie Harmonique.” Elizabeth “Liz” Rohr (‘23) also played their own original song, “Dancing On Your Own”. Rohr sang the song while Eric “Ricky” Hess (‘23) played piano, Max Venuti (‘23) played drums, and Shyla Murray (‘23) played bass. The band Two Eyes, comprised of Anthony Meloni (‘23) for guitar and voice as well as Matthew McCloskey (‘23) on guitar performed an original song called “Firewaters”.

Furthermore, there was plenty of classical music throughout the concert. One of Shin’s favorite piano pieces, “Scriabin Sonata No.4 in F-sharp Major, Op.30) was performed by Katrina Veltman (‘23). One of the classiest pieces of the night was performed by Esma Cakmak (‘25). Cakmak played “Chopin Nocturne No.20 in c-sharp minor, Op. Posth”, which was familiar to many in the crowd. One piano piece played that night had Shin warning the audience of how dramatic it would be. “Khachaturian Sabre Dance for Piano 4-hands” left both Shin and Raden out of breath by the end of the performance.

Another performance was Hess’s performance of “There Will Never Be Another You” by Harry Warren (’22). This jazz piece also had Rafael DeMoura (‘22) on saxophone, Shin on trumpet, and Venuti on drums. This jazz piece had an extra second part added to it at the last minute, where Hess showed off some piano skills.

In total, four of the performances featured violins. One of these performances was “Hadyn Violin concerto No.1 in C Major (1st Mov)” performed by Iris Yuan (‘25) accompanied by Shin.