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Feb. 27, 2010

Oh MAN, what a night

by Anya Gosine, Online Managing, Op/Ed and Food Editor
Though the lights had dimmed, the murmuring of the crowd remained. After a few moments, a lone violin could be heard coming from the shadows of the auditorium, its sweet sound undulating in a gentle melody. Junior Ann Choi played her way to center stage, serenading the audience to silence. As the final note echoed through the awed auditorium, the precedent for the night was set.

Sophomore Enoch Hsiao does tricks with his light-up diabolo. Alex Joseph
Sophomore Enoch Hsiao does tricks with his light-up diabolo.
Despite being rescheduled several times due to weather, the 21st annual Magnet Arts Night on Thursday was a remarkable showcase of diverse talents. Aside from occasional audio problems, the show, emceed by the dynamic group of Nader Behdin, Scott Yu, Guodong Fu and Mythili Mandadi, succeeded with its generally smooth flow and wide spectrum of acts.

Act I began with Enoch Hsiao masterfully manipulating a light-up diabolo to mystifying techno music. In a darkened auditorium he captivated the audience with complex tricks to create a spectacular one-man light show.

As per MAN tradition, there were many classical music performances, but each stood out with its own artistic flair. Andrew Zhang demonstrated mastery of Liszt as his fingers flew across the piano in his performance of Transcendental Etude #12 in B flat minor, while Seyoun Kim and Jenna Yi's piano-clarinet performance of "Oblivion" seemed to illustrate a story with its smoothly changing tones. Yi also returned with Monica Ly to entertain the audience with a comical battle-style duet of Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody #2.

There were also several cultural acts that enriched the show with their diverse music and visually-striking elements. Deepa Chellappa, Tripti Soni, Vibha Rao, Ruhi Vasavada, Aashvi Vasavada, Millie Shah and Janvi Raichura danced in elegant synchrony to a medley of lively Indian numbers, their vibrant apparel casting a spectrum of color upon the stage.

Senior Amy Liu presents a mesmerizing Chinese ribbon dance. Alex Joseph
Senior Amy Liu presents a mesmerizing Chinese ribbon dance.
This energy was complemented by a more serene Chinese ribbon dance by Amy Liu who twirled around the stage in a manner that mimicked flower petals floating in the breeze. The tranquility of this performance was then juxtaposed with a fiery Latina dance by Laura Sirbu and Cristian Panameno, who graced the stage with their sharp moves and attitude.

Intermission provided time for attendees to marvel at a vast array of art pieces, created by Magnet students, that were displayed in the lobby. Additional musical performances during this period "Fidelity" performed by Savannah Cheo, Alex Huntress-Reeve, Emili Malatesta and Monica Ly, and Passacaglia performed by Lori Kaufman and Nathan Kung helped to create a pleasant atmosphere.

An orchestral group performs a Hans Zimmer medley arranged by Pin-Joe Ko and Elissa Shiau. Alex Joseph
An orchestral group performs a Hans Zimmer medley arranged by Pin-Joe Ko and Elissa Shiau.
The steady skill of the night did not waver in Act II. It began with a compelling medley of Hans Zimmer, arranged by Elissa Shiau and Pin-Joe Ko and performed by a small orchestral group of students. Ko led the group through magnificent renditions of themes from several celebrated films. Other instrumental performances included Peggy Houng, who played the harp with nimble precision and Scott Zimmermann, who played "Hungarian Fantasy" on the guitar calmly but passionately.

More dance acts continued the energy throughout the night. Hannah Guan, Lena Jia, Amy Liang, Amy Liu and Cindy Zheng performed a group routine to the song "Explosive" that can only be described with the same term, while Richard Chen performed a more relaxed solo dance to Ne-Yo's "Because of You" with smooth and fluid moves.

Comedic sketches also delighted the audience; "Your Name, Sir?" performed by Ozzie Fallick and Joseph Owen provided for classic slapstick silliness. "My Baby Loves a Bunch of Authors" combined song with a goofy acting-out of the song.

The Magnet senior class closes the show with a song called "The Magnet Never Ends." Alex Joseph
The Magnet senior class closes the show with a song called "The Magnet Never Ends."
The night wrapped up with the highly-anticipated traditional senior act. It began with a Magnet-themed plot of the film "Up", where young students struggled to fight off the ghouls of procrastination and the wrath of B-letter grades that obstructed their pathway to college. The conclusion of the story led into an upbeat Bowling for Soup parody, "Magnet Never Ends" which the Magnet class of 2010 blasted with pride.

The lyrics, though reminiscing upon the Magnet experience as a whole, also summarized the night; though the show had come to an end, the traditions and talent of the Magnet program would be timeless.

Schedule of Performances

Beethoven Three Duets
Ann Choi and Nicole Choi

Act One

Diabolo
Enoch Hsiao

Transcendental Etude #12 in B flat minor by Franz Liszt
Andrew Zhang

Dance-off
Janice Lan, Xinhong Qiu, Andie Ng, Elaine Lin, Lucy Liu, Kyujoo Choi, Danielle Sok, Peggy Houng, Laura Sirbu, Wei Gao, Anna Kang and Wenjing Chen

Oblivion
Seyoun Kim and Jenna Yi

Naach
Deepa Chellappa, Tripti Soni, Vibha Rao, Ruhi Vasavada, Aashvi Vasavada, Millie Shah and Janvi Raichura

Tribute to John Williams
Jacob Hurwitz, Li Ma, Yifan Li, Naomi Rubin, Colleen Weatherwax and Kathryn Waychoff

Chinese Ribbon Dance
Amy Liu

Blink 182 I Miss You
Melodi Anahtar, Lorenzo Choudhary-Smith and Michelle Dagne

Pasion Latina Dance Medley
Laura Sirbu and Cristian Panameno

Hungarian Rhapsody #2 by Liszt
Jenna Yi and Monica Ly

Home in Pasadena
Robert Donaldson, Deepa Chellappa, Matthew Kannan, Kyujoo Choi and Scott Zimmermann

Magnet Puppet Pals
Andrew Das Sarma, Dzi Do, Li Ma, Peter Qiao, Cindy Sui and Chenyu Zhao

Michelle Branch I'm Feeling You
Sophia Deng, Robert Huang, Eric Huang, Vikas Mendhiratta, Dalton Wu, Biruk Bekele, Leora Goldbloom-Helzner

Intermission

Fidelity by Regina Spektor
Savannah Cheo, Alex Huntress-Reeve, Emili Malatesta and Monica Ly

Passacaglia by Hangel Halvorsen
Lori Kaufman and Nathan Kung

Act II

Medley of Hans Zimmer
Pin-Joe Ko, Elissa Shiau, Kyujoo Choi, Janice Lan, Ann Choi, Sherman Leung, Enoch Hsiao, Lori Kaufman, Rachel Gelfeld, Brian Tien-Street, Devin Zhang, Grace Hummel, Sophie Chang, Nathan Kung, Nicole Choi, Rohan Puttagunta, Robert Huang, Yifan Li

Your Name, Sir?
Ozzie Fallick and Joseph Owen

Fan Dance Water Fairy
Grace Wang

Explosive
Hannah Guan, Lena Jia, Amy Liang, Amy Liu and Cindy Zheng

Differentiation of Mouse Embryonic Stem Cells into Retinal Pigment Epithelium Cells in Culture ("Concert Paraphrase on the Waltz of the Flowers" by Tchaikovsky)
Yifan Li

Le Rossignol by Franz Liszt
Peggy Houng

Hungarian Fantasy
Scott Zimmermann

Because of You by Ne-Yo
Richard Chen

My Baby Loves a Bunch of Authors by Moxy Fruvous
Cindy Sui, Vikas Mendhiratta, Dzi Do, Emily Jones, Ozzie Fallick, Tyler Fultz, Robert Huanh, Tripti Soni, Peggy Houng, Diana Jing, Peter Qiao and Gilad Kempenich

Senior Act: The Magnet Adventure

Masters of Ceremonies:
Nader Behdin, Scott Yu, Guodong Fu and Mythili Mandadi



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  • spelling... on February 27, 2010 at 11:22 AM
    its enoch hsiao...
  • MAN on February 27, 2010 at 11:23 AM
    great review anya!
  • Julian Boilen (View Email) on February 27, 2010 at 12:08 PM
    How can you forget to mention the Star Wars a cappella group‽ They were fun, nerdy, and really great!
    --
    Overall a very good show
  • ASDF on February 28, 2010 at 1:27 PM
    This year's MAN wasn't nearly as good as previous years. There was too much testing of microphones as well as a few questionable show decisions by the coordinators. For example, having both a ribbon dance and a fan dance? Some of the songs were also less than fun to listen to, though that might have been because of the many snow days.
    • Disagree on March 1, 2010 at 6:24 PM
      MAN rocked!! Yeah, 2010!!
      • disagree^2 on March 7, 2010 at 8:51 PM
        im with asdf. the level of talent just seemed lower than it has been in previous years. there were altogether too many dance acts, many of which required no special training or skill beyond a few hours of practice beforehand. laura was smokin and the indian dance act was impressive as well, but many of the other dance acts were questionable inclusions.

        still, i enjoyed MAN--especially the comedic gold from my favorite midases of humor, nader and scott
  • magnet on February 28, 2010 at 11:55 PM
    this is really well written. good job, anya!
  • Ozymandias on March 1, 2010 at 7:53 AM
    The Senior Act had nothing to do with Up. The original script was based on Up, but we had to change it to remove all the Up references more than a month before MAN actually happened.
  • spelling... on March 6, 2010 at 10:20 PM
    it's Amy Liang in Explosive
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