Brookwood’s Performing Arts faculty and private lesson teachers have long been recognized as an incredibly talented group that boasts a wealth of professional accolades and achievements amongst them. But recently, two individuals – Music Teacher Andrew Luman and Vocal and Guitar Instructor Erin Luman – enjoyed an especially notable experience when they performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall, one of the most prestigious venues in the world for both classical music and popular music, not once, but twice in the past four weeks.
Nationally renowned composer and pianist Tim Janis was the headliner and Music Director of two events – Music of Hope on November 16, and the second, The American Christmas Carol on December 5 - at Carnegie and a mutual friend recommended the Lumans to Janis as he put together the programs.
“I was both excited and honored to be asked to play at such an amazing venue like Carnegie Hall," said Andy. "At first I wasn’t sure if I was up to the task but then I realized that I’ve practicing for this for the past 12 years here at Brookwood. The Grade 8 play, weekly School Meeting, and all the other performances we do throughout the year keep me on my toes and prepared me for the intensity of this performance.”
In both performances, Andrew and Erin were a part of the contemporary rock ensemble, which was the core back up band for each performer. Andrew played Acoustic Guitar and Erin was the backup vocalist. Andrew also joined Erin on many of the back-up vocals throughout the show.
The Music of Hope event held on November 6 was a benefit for the Golden Hat Foundation, an organization dedicated to spreading awareness of the intellectual capabilities of people with autism. Besides Janis himself, who performed in addition to his directorial duties, the evening featured a number of talented performers with national reputations such as Forte, the new classical-crossover group from America’s Got Talent; opera-to-pop tenor Nathan Pacheco; Nick Pitera; Cami Bradley; and Amy Petty.
On December 5 the Lumans returned to Carnegie Hall to lend their talents to Janis’s The American Christmas Carol. In its eighth year at the historic venue, the event featured a full orchestra and a 200-voice choir. The evening included appearances by flute virtuoso Sir James Galway and multi-platinum artist 13-year-old Jackie Evancho, whose amazing soprano voice has earned her legions of fans across the world.
“Singing at Carnegie is by far the best musical experience of my life," said Erin. "I’ve never practiced and prepared so much for a show. It was intense but there’s just something about the Hall that makes you feel at ease.”
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