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Music Showcase

Candlelight Music Showcase
The Candlelight Music Showcase

The Candlelight Music Showcase is a non-competitive event that is designed to inspire young musicians and give them an opportunity to perform in a concert with a performing artist. 


The Cecilian Music Club is pleased to announce the eighth edition of the Candlelight Music Showcase Recital. The event is dedicated to the 150th Anniversary of Rachmaninoff’s birth (born on April 2, 1873). Russian- American composer, one of the most widely performed composers of the 20th century Sergey Rachmaninoff is well known for his lyrical melodies and late Romantic style. A leading piano virtuoso of his time, he is especially known for his piano concerti and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. We are very excited to announce that the recital will include a presentation by brilliant pianist, composer and transcriber Vyacheslav Gryaznov, who will be performing pieces by Sergey Rachmaninoff.


The Candlelight Music Showcase will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County in Lincroft, NJ, on Saturday, April 1, at 2:00 PM.

To Participate


This is a non-competitive event, and performers will be fit into the program on a first-come, first-serve basis. All entries should be postmarked by March 20, 2023.


  •  Students may perform any original work from traditional piano repertoire.

  • All pieces must be memorized, except for piano duets and chamber musicians of 2 or more players.

  • Theme and Variations are to be played in their complete form.

  • The movement of a Sonatina or Sonata will be counted as one piece.


There is a non-refundable entry fee of $50.00 per performer, including students and accompanying or collaborative pianists. The teacher is to collect all fees from the student and mail in one check payable to the Cecilian Music Club: 122 Princeton Oval, Freehold, NJ 07728


Teachers submitting entries must be members of the Cecilian Music Club. The annual membership dues ($60.00 effective July 1, 2022) may be enclosed with the application.


Recital Dress Code: Girls should wear a dress, gown, or a skirt with a dressy blouse; all skirts must be below the knee. Boys should wear a suit or slacks and jacket with a tie. Dress shoes are required; no sneakers or boots (any length). No jeans will be allowed. It is the teacher’s responsibility to convey this information to the student.


Donations are collected at the door (suggested donations: $20 for guests, $10 for students and seniors).


Awards: Each student will receive a certificate of participation. Those students who will be performing a piece from the Club’s Publication “From the Cradle of Classical Music” will be specially noted in the program. Each teacher will receive a certificate of participation as well.

We hope you will join us in making this a unique, memorable, and exciting event. Please email at with all questions and inquiries. We look forward to hearing from you and your students. 

Candlelight Showcases from Past Years:

• “Music for Peace”, Benefit Concert for Ukraine, May 2022
• “A Musical Journey to Vienna”, Virtual Winter Showcase - February 2021
• “Playing with the Stars: Guest Artist Vsevolod Zavidov” - March 2019
• “Playing with the Stars: Guest Artist Vyacheslav Gryaznov” - April 2018
• “Classical Period of Music: Vienna and Beyond” - Guest Artist Stephan Moller- May 2016

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