On Wednesday, May 11, students performed at the annual Spring Concert! The String Orchestra directed by Susan Bill led off with the patriotic number "America". The students performed wonderfully on the American classics "Simple Gifts" and "It's a Small World". Zoe Haber was a featured vocal soloist in the Orchestra's final number "Stand by Me". Mathieu Perry, double bass, and Rahffety Maxwell, violin joined the Orchestra as guest artists.
The Chorus directed by Michael Bradley began their program with the 6th Grade Chorus singing the "The Sound of Music" classic "Edelweiss". Outstanding vocal soloists were featured including Annie Pellant singing "I Sing for You", and Ginevra Zazzagnini singing "One Voice". In addition to singing great, the Chorus used choreography in their final three numbers where the 7th/8th Grade Chorus sang "Only Hope" from "A Walk to Remember" and "Seasons of Love" from the musical "Rent", and the 6th Grade Chorus sang "One" from the musical "A Chorus Line".
The Concert Band and Jazz Band, directed by Brandon Sciarra, featured upbeat repertoire from Adele to Michael Jackson as well as some Jazz classics. The Concert Band led off their performance with the up-tempo Big Band-era classic "In the Mood". This piece featured the Alto Saxophone, Flute, and Xylophone section and Gerald Dottin III performed an exciting drum-set solo in this opening number. Flute players Aristaia Yanakakis-Carroll and Anouk Noblett performed the technically-demanding "Flight of the Flutes" solo while Pamela Chu-Sheriff, Assistant Principal, accompanied on piano. The Band then played an exciting rendition of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep". During the final number Jordan Laws, drum-set player, brought the house down with an amazing performance of "Michael Jackson Hit Mix"! The Jazz Band featured many outstanding soloists in their opening number "Blues by Five". Student soloists included Kayla Bernard, John Owen Eckert, Nora Iammarino, Zoe Haber, Anouk Noblett, Tim Santospago, Ben Versoy, and Aristaia Yanakakis-Carroll. The rhythm section of Jonathan Leonce, drum-set; Stella Jarvis, piano; and Mathieu Perry, bass guitar kept a swinging groove for the soloists. The Jazz Band ended their program with a masterful performance the 80's hit "Final Countdown" where Jaylen McCarthy made his drum-set debut!
Arts Alive! Night Before the Spring Concert, our students took part in fun activities led by the Specialist teachers at Arts Alive! Night. The Specialist team created an obstacle course in the gymnasium that included a spider web crawl, rock climbing wall, ropes course, as well as a photo booth and food samples. The efforts and dedication from the Specialist Team helped to ensure that the students had a great time at this event!