On November 17, families, faculty, staff, and members of the community gathered in the Ross Upper School Court Theater for the Grades 9–12 Fall Concert. The students once again performed a beautiful mix of music and dance numbers that showcased their many talents and brought the audience to their feet with praise.
Under the direction of Morris Goldberg and Michael Guglielmo, the jazz band opened the evening with great renditions of “We See,” by Thelonious Monk; “We’ll Be Together Again,” by Carl T. Fischer; and “Watermelon Man,” by Herbie Hancock.
Performing Arts teacher Robert Davies and the chamber ensemble followed with an excerpt from Mozart’s Symphony 25, arranged by Jamin Hoffman, and the “Theme from Howl’s Moving Castle,” by Joe Hisaishi.
Next up was Dean of Performing Arts Adam Judd and the chorus with moving performances of Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” “Flashlight,” by Furler, Guzman, Moore, and Smith; and “Cheerleader,” by OMI.
The dancers took the stage next, performing a group modern study, choreographed by Wellness teacher Sheryl Hastalis, that included traditional technical steps as well as elements of shape, spatial awareness and kinetic design. Milly Xue ’19, Jade Diskin ’19, and Tali Friedman ’18 were next to delight with solo performances of a fan dance, a “Sugar Plum Variation,” and a modern dance. The dance program concluded with a contemporary solo by Clea Jin ’17, who performed to Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love” sung by Sofia Karlberg, and a second group modern study, choreographed by German dance company Rosas danst Rosas.
Teaching associates Levy Mwanza and Marisa Caliguri and their Global Rhythms class closed the evening with rousing performances of “Send Me on My Way” by Rusted Root, as well as “Pumpkin,” “Zimbabwe,” “Frog,” and “Journey to the Feast,” a class original. The arrangements featured drums, xylophone, and Levy’s special African marimbas.
“The performances were truly inspiring as an expression of the students’ hard work and amazing variety of talents,” Adam said.