Pianist takes listeners on magical journey

Ernesto Gomez

Pianist Paul Da Silva, along with two other performers, took listeners on a musical journey last Saturday.

Hosted by the Cerritos College Music Department and the ASCC, the concert was open to everybody free of charge for admission and parking. The event took place in room BC51 inside the music department building.

The concert began with two piano pieces by composer Robert Schumann. Da Silva put on a stellar performance that was applauded by listeners every time.

For the following two pieces, Melissa Hendrickson accompanied Da Silva with the French horn, and Darryl Tanikawa with clarinet respectively. Da Silva described his duo with Tanikawa as being “a bit gloomy, then brighter and finally ‘springy’.”

The last piece consisted of a trio with Hendrickson on the French horn, and Tanikawa on the clarinet. The trio even gave the crowd a special ‘desert’ after they finished, to which listeners applauded excitedly.

Afterwards, attendees were invited to help themselves to snacks and refreshments, and allowed to converse with all three musicians.

Both Hendrickson and Tanikawa are professional musicians and have worked with various orchestras.

Da Silva has performed recitals in New York City, Seattle and Texas and has soloed with the Centennial Philharmonic in Denver, Colorado

He currently serves on faculty at Cerritos College and is an organist at Beatitudes of our Lord Catholic Church. He has a recording scheduled for release soon entitled “Fantasies and Arabesques.”