The many talents of Ross School students were on display in the Court Theater on November 19, when the Performing Arts department hosted their annual fall concert. The Jazz Band, Chorus, Chamber Ensemble, and Modern Dance class performed a wide range of pieces for the enjoyment of friends and family.
Jazz Band kicked off the evening’s entertainment with renditions of the classics “Freddie Freeloader” by Miles Davis and “Oye como va” by Tito Puente. They were followed by dancers from the Modern Dance elective, who performed a “Graham Basics Movement Study,” during which students demonstrated their interpretations of the revolutionary dance techniques of Martha Graham. Next up was “Polka,” a piano duet from freshman Dorothy Li and junior Claire Yan, both members of the Chamber Ensemble.
The Chorus presented four songs: “Long Time Travelin’ Here Below,” “Mon coeur se recommande à vous,” “Ave Maria,” and “Sing.” Notably, singers from the Grades 7–8 Chorus joined with their older counterparts for a double-chorus performance of “Ave Maria,” which also featured freshman Ciaria Bowen as soloist. Sophomore Emma Engel then danced a solo piece to “Last Day on Earth.” Emma was recently accepted to the Young Artists Program at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and has been honing her skills in New York City each week.
The Chamber Ensemble gathered for the next concert segment, playing “Little Fugue in C,” written by Ross teacher Robert Davies, and “Over the Rainbow.” They were followed by the Modern Dance class performing “Rondo & Canon Movement Study,” and then the Chamber Ensemble returned to close the concert with Bach’s “Sarabande” and “On Stranger Tides” from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean.