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The Kathryn Zetto Memorial Concert

On Sunday, October 5th, The Ridgewood Conservatory held a memorial concert for our beloved voice teacher and dear friend KATHRYN ZETTO, who recently passed away after a year-long struggle with leukemia. Created to enable Kathryn’s students and close friends to celebrate her life rather than to mourn her loss, the concert was a heartfelt tribute to Kathryn’s memory. Kathryn’s former voice students performed under the direction of TRC’s new vocal/acting instructor Alyssa Ronco, and were accompanied by Kathryn’s favorite pianist and longtime friend Ron Levy.

Following a lovely prelude performance of Schubert’s “Serenade” by Ron Levy on piano and TRC Director Lou Caimano on flute, the concert opened with an extremely moving medley of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “Climb Every Mountain” sung by our incredible soprano Alyssa Ronco along with students Shaena Brusey, Marissa Ferrara and Alyssa Longo. Jan Caimano spoke briefly of her memories of her Kathryn, sharing some of Kathryn’s passions and history with the audience. Alyssa and Lou dedicated their touching performance of “Non ti scordar di me,” a much-loved Italian song written by Ernesto de Curtis, in honor of Kathryn’s Italian heritage, and Ron played Scriabin’s beautiful “Nocture in D Flat Major” in her memory.

Most memorable, of course, were the songs chosen by Kathryn’s students that they had each performed under her direction in years past:
– Angelina and Ashley Leyva accompanied themselves on piano as they sang “Tomorrow” from Annie.
– Morgan Wall performed “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from Lion King.
– Alyssa Longo belted out “Good Morning Baltimore” from Hairspray.
– Nicole Alexander delivered a lovely “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from Wizard of Oz.
– Marissa Ferrara touched everyone’s hearts with “Someone Like You” from Jekyl and Hyde.
– And Shaena Brusey ended the solo performances with a poignant rendition of “Amazing Grace.”

Our soloists were joined onstage by former students Sofia Gambardella, Avantika Joshi and Michelle Lerma for a group tribute to Kathryn, singing her signature tune “The Sound of Music” from her first major role as Maria in the Southern USA tour of The Sound of Music. They closed the concert, as they had in all of Kathryn Zetto’s Vocal Showcases, with “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” Needless to say, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house….