Downtown Tunes Into Piano Concert

first_imgSisters Farley O’Brien, 15, foreground at right, and Kasey O’Brien, 13, of Linwood, and their friend, Katie Compton, 18, of Mays Landing, perform on dual pianos with their music teacher Shawn Quigley. By MADDY VITALEIsabella Miller, 11, of Corbin City, was just five years old when she began taking piano lessons.“She always played for as long as I can remember,” said Tammy Miller, Isabella’s mother. “She put her fingers on the keys, listened to the music and began to play.”And that love of music could be heard, in fact, loud and clear, when she took her seat at an upright piano at the corner of Eighth Street and Asbury Avenue on Sunday and played the song “Scientist” from the rock band Coldplay during an outdoor concert featuring young students.“I like playing,” Isabella, a sixth-grader, said after her performance. “I like the way my fingers move across the keys.”Isabella Miller, 11, of Corbin City, performs “Scientist” while her piano teacher Shawn Quigley turns the sheet music.Isabella was one of a dozen students of Seaville-based piano teacher Shawn Quigley. Students from middle school, high school and college joined Quigley for the free concert.The mild, sunny second day of spring also meant plenty of bicyclists, shoppers and strollers in the downtown. Many of them slowed down or stopped to listen to the performances.“It helps set the tone for the community and it is great for the kids,” Quigley said of the outdoor concert. “It is a win-win all the way around.”Noel Wirth, of Ocean City, and an employee at the Ocean City Historical Museum, listened, clapped and remarked on the young talents.“What a beautiful day and such great music by these young performers,” Wirth said. “What a day.”Other students performed the Coldplay hits “Yellow,” “Clocks” and “Paradise.” There was a special treat when Quigley and three of his students, sisters Farley, 15, and Kasey, 13, O’Brien, of Linwood, and their friend, Katie Compton, 18, of Mays Landing, performed on dual pianos to the hit “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey.Teagan O’Brien, 11, of Linwood, receives applause after a powerful rendition of “Clocks.”Teagan O’Brien, Farley and Kasey’s 11-year-old sister, performed a solo to “Clocks” and never appeared to look at the sheet music.Quigley joked with Teagan when, at first, she didn’t bring the music up to the piano, that she didn’t need it anyway.Parents Kevin and Liz O’Brien watched as their daughters performed.The couple said they had Quigley to thank, in part, for how well their daughters play the piano.“Shawn is extremely talented and does an awesome job with the kids,” Kevin O’Brien noted. “And the wonderful turnout today is proof-positive of that.”Quigley dedicated the concert to his late friend, John Murphy, who lived in Ocean City. The two became friends when Murphy began helping Quigley move pianos years ago.“He was a great friend. Everyone who knew him liked him,” Quigley said. “He actually was the very first person to tell me about Coldplay and how it would be great music to play for my students. Today’s concert is in memory of John.”Coldplay ballads fill the downtown by way of young pianists.last_img read more

Monday June 8th Local Sports

first_imgTONIGHT:AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, — 2016 2A District Final — Clear Lake vs. Emmetsburg — 7:00 PM MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Another season of setback and tumult has mercifully ended for the Minnesota Timberwolves. This one was a strange ending, after the NBA’s decision this week to resume virus-halted play with 22 teams. That left the Timberwolves out, with a 19-45 record that was the third-worst in the league. They’ll have two first-round picks for the draft that is now scheduled for October. In the meantime, a critical offseason awaits. President of basketball operations Gersson Rosas overturned more than half of the roster in the winter, with more changes likely to come. IOWA CITY — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says there are a lot of new guidelines in place as veteran players begin returning to the football facility to begin voluntary workouts.KGLO News · 6 – 8-kfreturn – 1Players, coaches and staff will be monitored as they enter the facility and workouts will be spaced out to allow for cleaning.KGLO News · 6 – 8-kfreturn – 2Ferentz says it is critical everyone takes the steps needed to promote safety.KGLO News · 6 – 8-kfreturn – 3center_img IOWA CITY — Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz says he has spoken to several former players to discuss alleged racial disparities within the program. An independent review of the strength and conditioning program is underway and longtime strength coach Chris Doyle has been placed on administrative leave after several former Hawkeyes players made accusations on social media.KGLO News · 6 – 8-kirksunday – 1Ferentz is putting together an advisory committee of former players in the hopes problems like this don’t go undetected.KGLO News · 6 – 8-kirksunday – 2Ferentz was asked if there is a “culture of fear” in the program that prevented players from speaking out until they left the program.KGLO News · 6 – 8-kirksunday – 3Ferentz says he has discussed all facets of the program with former players, even his effectiveness as head coach.KGLO News · 6 – 8-kirksunday – 4Doyle released a statement on Sunday saying there have been statements about his behavior that are not true and that he does not make racist comments and does not tolerate anyone who does.last_img read more