Good Evening
Good Evening

Long Island teen performs for Vampire Weekend bandmember

Brianna Fernandez, 16, of Valley Stream, is coached

Brianna Fernandez, 16, of Valley Stream, is coached by Ezra Koenig of the band Vampire Weekend. Credit: MSG Photo/ Angela Cranford

Brianna Fernandez, 16, who attends Valley Stream High School South, performed for Ezra Koenig of the band Vampire Weekend in Manhattan recently during a rehearsal for the 2015 Garden of Dreams Talent Show scheduled for 7 p.m. on June 18 at Radio City Music Hall.

"I sang my song for him and he gave me some feedback," Fernandez says. "He told me I sang really well. The only thing I have to work on is how I hold the microphone." She has to move it closer to her mouth when sheas singing at a lower volume and farther away when she is singing louder, she says.

Fernandez will be performing "Latch" by Sam Smith, the last song she sang to her dad, a 9/11 first responder, before he died of esophogeal cancer in October. She says getting tips from a professional was apretty awesome. I like his music a lot; to have the opportunity to meet with him was pretty cool.a

The Garden of Dreams Foundation is a non-profit organization that works with The Madison Square Garden Company to help children facing obstacles. Attending the Talent Show a which features 100 kids, is presented in a variety show format and has no winner a is free. For more information, visit

More Family