Parents, faculty, and friends enjoyed an evening of music, song, and dance courtesy of the High School Performing Arts Fall Concert, which was held in the Center for Well-Being’s Court Theater on November 13.
Members of the Jazz Band kicked off the performances, with instructor Michael Guglielmo at the helm. The students played works by Thelonius Monk and Horace Silver, as well as the classics “Unforgettable” and “Someone to Watch Me.” Next, instructor Sheryl Hastalis led her Modern Jazz Dance troupe with a 1980s Dance Movie Musical Study, inspired by the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive” and the classic ’80s film Footloose.
Junior Shuhei Nakagaki followed this lively act with his Michael Jackson Dance Study. Self-taught, Shuhei learned from videos how to perfectly mimic the King of Pop’s extraordinary dance moves.
Transitioning from modern dance to classical music, the instrumental Chamber Ensemble, led by instructor Maureen Isbister, performed works by Bach, John Williams (“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”), and Henry Mancini (“The Pink Panther”). To finish off the evening, Adam Judd, dean of Performing Arts, directed the Chorus in songs with lyrics featuring text from a Navajo prayer and a poem by e. e. cummings, as well as “Come to Me, O My Love” and the spiritual “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child.”