Magical Moments at EWT School's Third Wednesday Experience Series
Written by Development
Tuesday, 27 December 2011 00:00
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December 27, 2011 - What do Johnny Mathis, Carole King, Engelbert Humperdinck, Perry Como, Harry Connick, Jr., The Jackson 5, Susan Boyle, Céline Dion, Alicia Keys and The Fugees have in common?

The have all interpreted the song “Killing Me Softly”.

Now add two members of the EWT School community to that list.

At the third TWE (Third Wednesday Experience), the song that topped the charts 40 years ago was a huge hit once again, first by music teacher Shanta Cortez-Grieg, then by Adeci, a 15 year-old student.

Adeci, who, like a lot of teenage girls we see, has that fascinating combination of self-conscious-shyness coupled with bold in-your-face attitude, marched onstage, grabbed the mic, turned her back to the crowd and sang the song beautifully, facing the wall the entire time. The crowd joyfully erupted at the end!

One of the nights high points occurred right off the bat with our opening act, the charismatic Anabel, who also opened the very first TWE back in October. This time she brought along some holiday cheer with her uplifting rendition of “Joy to the World”. One of the 10th grade students, Zach, followed and kept the seasonal spirit going with a solo keyboard version of “Angels We Have Heard on High”.

EWT was honored to introduce the highly regarded singer-songwriter Henning Ohlenbusch who is involved in several highly regarded local bands. Backed by his longtime drummer (and newest EWT School music teacher) Brian Marchese, Henning sang his incisive compositions. He remarked that he and Brian have played every kind of venue over the years, but the TWE was the most supportive he has ever been a part of.

Much of that support came from a very enthusiastic group from RFK Children’s Action Corps’ South Hadley Girls Treatment Program.  The most memorable parts of these shows tend to be the ones that are least expected. Dave Madeloni was about to introduce another scheduled performer when the South Hadley table waved him over. Two girls bashfully asked if there was any way they could possibly sing a song. The next thing you know, the crowd sat spellbound as they did a pitch-perfect, a cappella duet of “I Wish You Loved Me” by Tynisha Keli. A magical moment, indeed.

As the audience filed out, one of the South Hadley girls approached and asked if she could perform at the next event, she said, “I was too shy this time, but now I know I can do it.”

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