L to R, Gouri Sandananda, Kingsley Mathew, Lien Barboza
The congregation of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church at Carle Place was treated to a solo violin performance by Kevin Sarimento of neighboring W.T. Clarke High School at its 10 AM service. It was the last of the season’s performances in a series of musical treats organized by St. Mary’s parishioner and acolyte Lien Barboza.
Ms. Barboza is the daughter of the church’s Director of Youth Education Laura Carrington Barboza, who when she heard there were music students at nearby W.T. Clarke High School who might appreciate an opprtunity to perform before a live audience, encouraged Lien to invite them to play before the fortunate parishioners.
At earlier services flautists Anna Cronin, Gouri Sandananda and Maggie Cotter each delighted the assembled worshipers with beautiful solo classical music performances. At yet another service, vocalists Samantha Bishop and Carly Sheehan filled the church and hall with hymns and selections from Broadway shows. The musicians were accompanied by St. Mary’s Music Director, Kingsley Matthew who is an accomplished performer on the organ and piano.
The congregation showed their gratitude by giving each musician a Certificate of Appreciation and a bouquet as well enthusiastic applause for their entraining performances.
The Church’s Senior Warden, John H.W. Rhein III said, “W.T. Clarke has an outstanding reputation. Several of Its departments have achievement written all over them. While we applaud the school for its Music Department’s provision of the content for the “Young Virtuoso Series,” its Athletic and News Departments deserve high marks as well for winning numerous Nassau County and Long Island Championships. And their “Vanguard,” newspaper was recently cited as being the Most Outstanding Newspaper on all of Long Island, winning again at the 2010 Adelphi Press Day Awards Ceremony.”
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, described as “the little church with the big heart,” is a Carle Place Landmark. Located between Roslyn and Glen Cove Avenues on Rushmore Avenue. Since 1926 worshipers of all denominations have called the church their spiritual home. When asked about his reaction to the “Young Virtuoso Series,” Priest in Charge, The Reverend Gerardo Ramirez said, ” We can’t thank Lien enough for having the ingenuity to arrange the series and we are pleased we could bring people together to demonstrate so effectively the meaningful role good music can play in amplifying the spirit and tone of worship. It is to be hoped that by having these performances the young artists will take with them a memory that will give shape and dimension to their budding careers.”