LIVE Show Tunes at Oktoberfest 2017!
Cristian García is our “Piano Man” this year for Oktoberfest. Cristian is pursuing his master’s degree in piano performance at EWU, having graduated with a BA in Music at the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional (National Pedagogic University) in Bogotá, Colombia. His goal is to perform solo and chamber; teach and collaborate with stage companies for opera and musical theater; and to continue his education.
García has been playing piano since age 7 but also sings and plays the guitar. He states, “Music has been present all my life and has had given sense to it. I cannot imagine myself doing something else.”
His father is also a musician and started working with his son at an early age. Christian credits his parents’ positive influence for his success and knows he would not be doing what he loves without their support.
Cristian García is a Colombian musician who loves and enjoys all artistic expressions but perhaps his favorite genre is classical, which he performs the most. He will be performing “show tunes” at Oktoberfest from 5-6 pm from movies such as The Sound of Music, Les Miserables, Cats, and The Wizard of Oz, and a song or two throughout the evening.
Cristian will be accompanied by vocalist Kelly Noelle Parks. After receiving an undergraduate degree in Vocal Jazz Performance from Cornish College of Arts, Kelly joined EWU to pursue her master’s in music/liberal arts, and to attain her teacher certification in music. Like Cristian, Kelly has been involved with music since her childhood. Music, especially jazz, has provided her a freedom of expression that other activities simply cannot. This freedom of expression and her love of music are tremendous sources of motivation for Kelly; she hopes to teach high school choir, inspiring young people to discover what music can offer. Kelly, like fellow student Cristian says “I can’t see myself doing anything else.” Kelly thanks her parents- teachers of art and music- for their lasting support. When she’s not singing or studying, Kelly is a barista at a Rocket Bakery in downtown Spokane.
Oktoberfest 2017 Song List: A Concert of Beloved Musicals and Tunes
Performed by Kelly Noelle Parks, soprano, & Cristian Garcia, piano
- Piano Intro
- When You Wish Upon a Star “Pinocchio” L. Harlein & N. Washington
- Think of Me “Phantom of the Opera” A. L. Weber
- Over the Rainbow “The Wizard of Oz” Harold Arlen
- Bésame Mucho Consuelo Velásquez
- The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing Irving Berling
- Send in the Clowns “A Little Night Music” Stephen Sondheim
- Piano Interlude
- Beauty and the Beast H. Ashman & A. Menken
- By the Sea “Sweeney Todd” S. Sondheim
- Obsesión Pedro Flóres
- When She Loved Me
- You’ve Got a Friend in Me “Toy Story” Randy Newman
- My Favorite Things “The Sound of Music” Hammerstein & Rodgers
DJ X Returns for Oktoberfest 2017
Welcome back to our event our favorite DJ Alum- DJ X- for his third Oktoberfest!