Ross Upper School students showcased their music and dance prowess with spring concerts over the last few weeks. At the Middle School concert, musicians of the Grade 7–8 orchestra performed Mark Williams’s “Fiddles on Fire” and Richard Meyer’s “Dragonhunter.” Next, those in the band performing a rousing medley of songs by Coldplay. Finally, the Mixed Chorus sang a variety of songs from around the world. Included in their set were a South African protest song, “Siyahamba,” and a Chinese folk song, “牧歌 (Emerald Green Grass).”
At the Grades 9–12 concert, audiences enjoyed wide-ranging performances that included music and dance solos as well as ensemble offerings. The Jazz Band kicked off the show with performances of “Caravan,” by Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, and Juan Tizon, and “St. Louis Blues,” by W. C. Handy, before launching into an ethereal version of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World.” A highlight of the Chorus’s set was their rendition of Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect.”
Farewells seemed to be a common theme among students’ individual performances. Lucky Lu ’18, who performed songs that he wrote for his Senior Project, moved the audience with his final concert as a Ross School. Ramiro Garza ’21 used his time to offer a goodbye to the friends he’s made while at Ross. The student band Next Story played several original songs in what they shared would likely be their final performance together.
Rounding out the afternoon’s entertainment were a series of dance performances. Students who took the trimester Ballet elective danced selections from Sleeping Beauty, while the World Dance class performed both Bollywood and Chinese interpretive dances. Solos in ballet, contemporary, and hip-hop styles ended the show. Congratulations to all of the performers!