Fans of MCC, Billy and Elton
Fans of MCC, Billy and Elton

It's 9 o'clock on a Wednesday, 170 VIPs shuffle in. There's an old man sitting next to Z, makin' love to his tonic and gin. He says, "Z, can you play me a memory? I'm not really sure how it goes, but it's sad and it's sweet and I knew it complete when I wore an MCC student's clothes. Sing us a song, you're the piano man. Sing us a song tonight. Well, we're all in the mood for a melody, and you've got us feelin' all right.

The Middlesex Community College Foundation hosted its Spring Fundraiser on May 8 at Lowell Memorial Auditorium, and this year, it was a concert by "Piano Men: The Music of Elton and Billy."

The musical was a tribute to Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Elton John and Billy Joel. The riveting concert featured a 30-piece orchestra led by MCC assistant professor and guest conductor Orlando Cela and five select MCC music students. Four student instrumentalists - Mason Borsini (percussion) of Pepperell, Margaleet Katzenblickstein (cello) of Westford, Robin Panariti (French horn) of Reading and Em Russell (bassoon) of Dracut - performed along with voice student Heather Demers of Dracut, who joined "Piano Men" singer/pianist Joe Boucher on Elton John's duet, "Don't Go Breaking My Heart."

Music legends Elton and Billy would have been so pleased because you would have thought they were the performers that evening. Bravo to all!

Proceeds from "Piano Men" support scholarships for Middlesex students.


Since 2004, the Middlesex Community College Foundation has awarded 140 student scholarships totaling $343,500. For more information, visit www.middlesex.massedu/pianomen.