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Spring Concerts Fill the Performing Arts Center with Music

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By Michele Silverman, Production Manager for the Arts

Band413.393The final Tartan Jam, in the McGregor Theater on April 10, featured the incredible talent of St. Margaret’s staff and students with guest appearances by Academic Dean Jeneen Graham, Upper School Assistant Principal Ryan Dahlem, Drama teacher Nate Wheeler, Choir Director Stacey Miles, Headmaster Marcus Hurlbut, English teacher Todd Clarke and so many more.

Last Monday night was the Spring 2013 Band Concert directed by Chris Carbajal, including Middle School Big Band (18 performers), the Jazz Combo (14 performers), Beginning Band 4 (33 performers), Beginning Band 5 (31 performers), Middle School Tartan Marching Band (77 performers) and the Concert Band (48 performers). Band Director Chris Carbajal, Orchestra Director Gene Wie and others have worked closely with the Pacific Symphony and had six professionals who have partnered and worked with St. Margaret’s students and performed alongside them on Monday and Tuesday night. To view a photo gallery of the band concert held on April 15 in the Hurlbut Theater, click here. Click here to review the concert program.

The next evening was the Spring 2013 Orchestra Concert conducted and directed by Gene Wie with assistance from Tasha Salsido and Jennifer Visick, part-time orchestra teachers for St. Margaret’s. This concert included the Lower School String Orchestra (30 performers), the Middle School Symphony Orchestra (45 performers) and the Suzuki String Academy (7 performers). To view a photo gallery of the orchestra concert held on April 16 in the Hurlbut Theater, click here. Click here to review the concert program.

On Wednesday, April 17 the Hurlbut Theater and Gene Wie presented the Spring Chamber Music Concert. The musicians presented concert pieces written for small ensembles without a conductor. Performers included Middle School and Upper School students in small ensembles, as well as members of the Marquee String Quartet and St. Margaret’s faculty and applied music staff. To view a photo gallery of the Spring 2013 Chamber Music Concert, click here.

Monday night was the Spring 2013 Vocal Concert directed by Stacey Miles with accompaniment by Adam Bravo. The event in the Hurlbut Theater included grade 4 and 5 choir (43 performers) singing four pieces with solos from junior Tiffany Choe, a piece conducted by senior Megan Brynjolfsson and a Lyle Lovett song accompanied and sung by senior guitarist Harrison White. The grade 6 and 7 choir (88 performers) sang four pieces, including a Spanish song and a traditional Zulu folk song. The auditioned Middle School Tartan Chorale (44 members) sang three pieces, including songs in French and Latin. The Upper School Women’s Ensemble performed Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater,” a piece in Latin describing Mary’s pain at watching her son’s crucifixion. Then 16 Upper School students (“The Sixteen”) wowed the audience with an a cappella performance of Palestrina’s “Alma Redemptoris Mater.” To conclude the evening, the Upper School Highlander Chorale performed (55 members). Their repertoire included a madrigal composition that imitated the sounds of a flute. Their final piece, “Love Never Fails,” was accompanied by professional cellist and St. Margaret’s adjunct faculty member Dr. David Pan. To view a photo gallery of the vocal concert held on April 22, click here. Click here to see the concert program.

The Arts at St. Margaret’s is grateful for the generous donors who have made this facility and the world-class instruments within the Performing Arts Center possible.

 

 

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