2019 Winter Arts Hero

Arts

Performing Arts Concerts Dazzle Audiences

Northwest performing arts students from all grades entertained audiences in November and December with a variety of concerts showcasing their instrumental and vocal talents. Northwest held a choir concert on Nov. 14, a band concert on Dec. 10, and an orchestra concert on Dec. 12.

The orchestra concert featured music from Ramin Djawadi, a German-Iranian composer who is best known for his film scores to Batman Begins, Iron Man, among others, and the Advanced Orchestra played his well-known theme song to Game of Thrones. The Upper School Orchestra played “Lion City,” a song by Korean-American composer Soon Hee Newbold. Beethoven pieces were peppered throughout the evening, with the Debut Orchestra, the Middle School Orchestra, and the Upper School Orchestra each playing one of his pieces.

The band concert featured the Upper School’s Concert Band and Jazz Band and the Middle School’s Intro Band and Jazz Band. The jazz bands played the hits, including pieces from Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock, and Miles Davis. The Upper School Concert Band performed a couple of pieces by early 1900s composer George Gershwin.

The Middle School Choir, Upper School Choir, and Vocal Collective all performed at the choir concert. The Vocal Collective performed “Siyahamba,” which is based on a traditional Zulu folk song, and “Blackbird,” by The Beatles, featuring a solo from Athena B. ‘21. The Upper School Choir performed “Freedom is Coming,” based on a South African freedom song, and “Imagine,” by John Lennon, featuring a solo from Alex K. ‘23. The Middle School Choir performed the sea shanty “Drunken Sailor” and “Octopus’s Garden,” by The Beatles.

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