The Spring Music and Dance Performance, "A Breath of Fresh Air," was on April 28, 2021 on Kelly Mac Field. This was an accomplishment for all of our performing groups after a challenging year of teaching and learning through a pandemic. We were very fortunate to have a beautiful evening to hold our first outdoor performance. Due to having two cohorts and students remote, this had been the first time in the school year that each ensemble performed--played, danced, or sung--together.
The dance portion of the performance highlighted the Ballet Class and the Choreographer's Workshop. The Ballet Class danced to "Bitter Earth" by Dinah Washington and was choreographed by Ms. Jenne Griffith to exhibit the myriad of emotions felt throughout the past year. The Choreographer's Workshop featured Caroline Lennon ‘21 and Samantha Stockwell ‘21, and was choreographed by Isabella Nieto ‘21. The Choreographer's Workshop danced to "Together" by Tori Kelly and Kirk Frankland.
Our middle school chorus sang two pieces under the direction of Ms. Rosemary Clarizio. The first was The Beautiful Rain arranged by Janet Gardner and featuring Kiera Barton '25 on the rainstick, Olivia Stella '25 on the triangle, and Emily Trezza ' 26 on the drum. This piece fit perfectly with having an outdoor performance. The second piece was a Disney Princess Medley arranged by Mac Huff and featured soloists Katherine Miller '25, Kiera Barton '25, and Julia Bulfamante '25.
The High School Strings class, under the direction of Ms. Kelly Gentry, performed three pieces that were chosen to reflect the variety of music and styles they have worked on throughout the past year. They performed an arrangement of Johann Sebastian Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, an arrangement of Billie Eilish's Lovely, and Habanera
The Advanced Orchestra performed after overcoming many challenges throughout the school year including moving rehearsals to the afternoon, splitting the group into different classrooms to allow social distancing, and learning music over Zoom. The students voted on performing Fanfare and Flourishes and learned Hakuna Matata in two weeks for this performance. The Wind Blows Where It Will was the most challenging piece and was chosen by Ms. Gentry to be performed because just like you cannot control the wind, we cannot control the challenges we may face, especially during a pandemic.
The Junior and Honors Choirs were combined to perform for this concert, and were directed by Ms. Wendy Harmer. The first piece performed was Amazing Grace arranged by Francisco Nunez. They also sang an arrangement of the traditional Native American, Shoshone Love Song, arranged by Roger Emerson. The finale of the concert was For Good by Steven Schwarz and arranged by Mac Huff. For Good featured Olivia Cook '21, Tanner McIntyre '21, and Lola Milazzo '22. For a year that has had its fair share of twists and turns, it felt fitting to end with a piece that reminds us all that we were meant to be in each others lives and have changed each other, for good.