Richland honors players on parade

Howard Gardner, a Harvard psychologist, has posited that instead of a single form of intelligence quotient or IQ, humans actually have several. Among them is what he calls “musical intelligence.” It’s the unusual, maybe even genetically based, ability to create or perform music that rises beyond that of most other people. On Fannin Hall’s noontime recital stage Nov. 28, nine brave souls parted the curtains to demonstrate the validity of Gardner’s theory.

Before a sympathetic audience of fellow student musicians, the outstanding honors pupils of Richland faculty members Derrick Logozzo, Boriana Savova, Lance Sanford, Abel Rodriguez, Sharon Deuby, Jorge Cruz and Paul LeBlanc performed a variety of mostly classical pieces ranging from the Germans, Beethoven and Bach, to the Frenchmen, Debussy and Fauré.

It was an aural feast from a flock of fine musicians, some of whom will doubtlessly go on to become professionals, either as performers or teachers, or both.

Perhaps most notable among the nonete was percussionist Destin Ramos, a student of Logozzo. He opened the recital with a skillful demonstration of his snare drum dexterity and then returned later to methodically move the marimba through a sensitive series of alternating soft and forte sounds. Other outstanding numbers were delivered by Anna Graham on bassoon, America Castellanos on flute, Chi Nguyen on clarinet and Shokvrit Mand on piano.

Sometimes when a performer gets into the spirit of the moment and spectacularly nails all of his or her notes, our hearts sing and the angels soar. Such special musical intelligence is a joy to behold. Yet even when players stumble, miss a cue or a stray from the cadence, they can take solace by realizing that almost everyone out front has been in the same painful place and suffers with them. It is often helpful at such times to remember that public performance can always be regarded as a growth opportunity.

Thus to you guys on stage, no matter what level of skill or experience you harbor, please heed this message: We are all lifted up by the beauty you bring to Richland. Every once in a while our throat catches as we are struck by the pure joy that emerges from what you are doing. This is no mere string of notes from a sheet of paper you are producing. No. It is music.

Destin Ramos – snare drum

Destin Ramos – snare drum

Wan Ju Wang – cello

Wan Ju Wang – cello

Shokvrit Mand – piano

Shokvrit Mand – piano

Olivia Beattie – piano

Olivia Beattie – piano

Chi Nguyen - clarinet

Chi Nguyen - clarinet