In the weeks leading to winter break, students from all divisions have participated in musical concerts as a way to usher in the holiday season. Read on for a recap of this month’s performances, plus photos from each event.
As an entire class, fourth grade students worked together to write the script for their winter concert, titled “Hope is a Thing with Feathers.” The performance was a modern day version of Pandora’s Box, exposing the calamities that could escape by Pandora opening the box. The modern day misfortunes included the calamities of “No Squibbing,” “Being Left Out,” “Extreme Weather,” and “No Education for Women.” Students sang, danced, acted, and played instruments to bring their script to life. To see more photos from the performance, click here .
Dressed in traditional renaissance garb, Upper School students entertained family and friends at the fourth annual Madrigal Dinner. The festive event featured musical performances by the Upper School choir and Counterpoints ensemble. Students also provided entertainment in the form of comedic sketches throughout the dinner. The evening concluded with a audience sing-a-long featuring the carols Joy to the World, Hark! the Herald Angels Sing, and Silent Night. To see more photos from this past weekend’s event, click here .
On December 12, Middle School choral students presented their holiday concert, titled Reach for the Stars! The performance featured fifth grade music and movement classes, the sixth grade choir, and the seventh and eighth grade choir, Saintly Voices. The evening’s theme celebrated the New Year and included a special dedication of Debussy’s Noel Des Enfants Qui N’ont Plus de Maisons to those students who volunteer with Mama’s Kitchen Club. Click here  to browse photos from the concert.
Middle School students were able to show their progression and growth as string players through the Middle School Holiday Orchestra Concert on December 11. Fifth grade students, who performed with their string instruments for the first time, played traditional songs such as Hot Cross Buns and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and even tried out some jazz with Groovin’ for the First Time. The sixth grade Haydn Orchestra performed Snowflakes and Ode to Joy, and the seventh and eighth grade Mozart Orchestra closed the concert with Le Froid de L’Hiver and an arrangement of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. To see more photos from the performance, click here .
Earlier this month, first through third grade students presented their Winter Music Concert. The production, titled “American Folk Roots,” paid tribute to the beginnings of American music featuring Spanish-American carols, African-American spirituals, and British-Appalachian songs. As part of the performance, students sang, danced, acted, and played a variety of instruments including glockenspiels, metallophones, and xylophones. To see more photos from the performance, click here .