At recent musical concerts at Ross Upper and Lower Schools, delightful student performances of dance, music, and song, were enjoyed by friends, family, and faculty.
The annual Winter Concert for grades 9–12 was held on February 13 in the Court Theater. The evening featured performances by the high school Chamber Ensemble, Chorus, Groove Workshop, Jazz Band, and the Theatre Jazz Dance Study and Hip-Hop Dance Study classes.
The Chorus paid musical tributes to two recently deceased human rights activists by singing the South African freedom song “Siyahamba” in honor of Nelson Mandela, and inviting the audience to join in singing Pete Seeger's folk song, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”
The Chamber Ensemble featured Fumino Hagino ’16 on the violin in its performance of the first movement of "Winter" from Vivialdi's concerto The Four Seasons. Faculty member Robert Davies adapted the Baroque concerto to fit the students’ instruments.
The jazz/hip-hop class performed to “Wilkommen” from the Broadway musical Cabaret. Junior Lily Pahud De Mortanges said she started teacher Sheryl Hastalis’s dance elective with little previous knowledge of jazz dance, but it became one of her favorite classes. “I invested a lot of time in the performance for the winter concert, and it was absolutely worth it,” Lily said.
At the Community Recital on February 4, sophomore Ning (Claire) Yan performed a piano solo, "June Barcarolle," by Russian composer P. I. Tchaikovsky, and then joined senior Mei Lan in a duet of piano and guzheng (Chinese zither). Senior Jekaterina (Kate) Mandrukevica sang a customized rendition of "Party's Over."
At the Instrumental Showcase on February 21 at the Lower School, musicians in grades 3 through 6 demonstrated their progress this year for an audience of younger students and family members. Third graders were particularly encouraged to pay attention to the different instruments so they would know more about which one they would like to play in band next year.
The concert featured two strings ensembles, beginner and more advanced, led by Robert Davies; a group of recorder players, guided by Deanna Locascio; and beginning and advanced bands, conducted by Maureen Isbister.
The winter season concluded with the Winter Concert for grades 7–8 on February 25. The String Orchestra played selections by Tchaikovsky and Bach, followed by seventh grader Tristan Griffin soloing on piano with pieces by Chopin and Mendelssohn. Next, the Chorus performed four songs, including one arranged by Adam Judd, and the Concert Band offered up two selections, including “Superheroes R Us,” a medley of themes from Superman, James Bond, Batman, and Austin Powers. The Stage Band closed the concert with a blues tune and “Hedwig’s Theme” from the Harry Potter movie series.