Spring Concerts Celebrate Music and Dance

IMG_8847 Earlier this month, the talented performers in grades 3–8 and 9–12 performed their spring concerts for appreciative audiences of friends and family. The programs included a diverse mix of classical, jazz, and global music and dance.

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The grades 9–12 concert, held on June 3 in the Court Theater, kicked off with the Jazz Band’s renditions of songs by legends Hal McKusick, Horace Silver, and Victor Feldman and Miles Davis. The Chamber Ensemble changed the pace, performing Quartet No. 1 in C major, Little Fugue in G minor, and Csárdás. The Chorus then took the audience back to the Italian Renaissance with “Sicut cervus,” and returned them to the present with “Save the World/Don’t You Worry Child.”

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The second half of the concert included a modern dance solo by Tali Friedman ’18, who performed a routine to “Switchfoot”; “Word Dance Solos: Traditional Choreography from China’s Border” by Wenqian Ziang ’15; and Ballet elective dances to Coppelia. The Global Rhythms drummers closed the concert, bringing the crowd to their feet to dance to their calypso beat.

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A week later, students in grades 3–8 performed in the Great Hall. The Grade 3 Concert Band opened with “London Bridge,” “A Mozart Melody,” “OK Chorale,” and—just in time for summer—“Theme from Jaws.” The Grades 4–6 Recorders group followed with “Paw Paw Patch,” “Largo,” and “La Cucaracha.” The Grade 3 String Orchestra was next to impress with a number of pieces from Essential Elements, Book 1, including the “Can-Can” and “A Mozart Melody.”

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The program moved on to the Grades 4–6 Concert Band with “The Marching Machine” and “Celebration Overture,” followed by the Lower School Chorus with “Do-Re-Mi,” in honor of The Sound of Music’s 50th anniversary, and “Reflection.” The Grades 4–6 String Orchestra kept the audience rapt with “Over the Rainbow” and “Classic Sinfonia”; the Grades 7–8 Chorus performed “Anima mea,” “Angel in Eternal Flight,” “See You Again,” and “Riptide”; and Grades 7–8 String Orchestra shared Selections from Fireworks Music,” “Evening Prayer” from Hansel and Gretel, and Newfoundland folk song “Lumber Camp Song.”

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Singers from Grades 3–6 had the audiences thinking happy thoughts and tapping along to “What a Wonderful World” and “Wake Me Up!”; and the Grades 7–8 Concert Band brought the beautiful event to a close with a diverse selection including Hebrew Folk Song Suite No. 3, “Music from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” and Selections from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

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Bravo, Ross School performers, for a year filled with song and dance!