Upcoming School Winter Concerts

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shutterstock_298852292South High Winter Concert I

Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m.

Concert 1 will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m., in the school auditorium at 341 Lakeville Rd. The concert is free and the entire community is invited to attend.

Instrumental groups performing will include Jazz Band and Concert Band, as well as String Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra. Vocal groups will include A Cappella, Broadway, Gentlemen’s Choir, Jazz Choir, Soul Sisters and South Singers.

The Jazz and Concert Bands will offer several pieces, including the familiar “Love Is Here to Stay” and “Sweet Home Chicago,” as well as the seasonal, “A Crazy Mixed-Up Christmas Concert.”

The String Orchestra will perform pieces by Telemann, Beethoven and Saint-Saens. The Symphony Orchestra will offer “The Beatles Suite” and “The Magnificent Seven.”

Each choral group will perform one selection, ranging from “Sweet Georgia Brown,” to “Skid Row,” from Little Shop of Horrors.

Winter Concert 1 will be under the direction of Michael Schwartz, performing arts department head/instrumental teacher; Mark Boschen, concert band/instrumental teacher; and Dr. Pamela Levy, vocal music teacher.

For further information, contact Michael Schwartz at 516-441-4851 or at mschwartz@greatneck.k12.ny.us.

South Middle Winter Concerts

Tuesday, Dec. 15, and Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m. 

Concert 1 will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 15, and Winter Concert 2 on Wednesday, Dec. 16. Both events begin at 7:30 p.m. and will take place in the school’s auditorium at 349 Lakeville Rd.

Winter Concert 1 will feature Senior Orchestra, Chorus 7/8 and Senior Band. Classical selections will feature music by Bach, Vivaldi and Tchaikovsky. Students will also perform popular works by Ed Sheeran, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Stephen Schwartz.

Winter Concert 2 will feature Orchestra 6, 6th Grade Treble Chorus and Band 6. Classical selections will feature music by Strauss, Gilpin and Clark. Popular works by Elton John, Rihanna and music from Beauty and the Beast will be performed.

Instrumental students are taught by Department Head Alan Schwartz and Mark Boschen. Choral students are taught by Shelley Willcox. Andrew DeNise is the music department teaching assistant.

Concerts are free and brief; each is just less than an hour. Schwartz said, “They present perfect opportunities to introduce children from pre-K through grade 5 to the music they may be performing in the near future.”

For further information, contact Alan Schwartz at 516-441-4651 or aschwartz@greatneck.k12.ny.us.

North Middle Winter Concert

Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m.

North Middle School’s Grade 7–8 Winter Concert will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m., in the school auditorium, 77 Polo Rd. This will be the first concert in the newly dedicated Daniel J. Tomaselli Auditorium at North Middle. Performing will be the Band, Chorus and Orchestra.

The concert will feature a collection of winter-themed music, with all three groups combining for the final two numbers. The Chorus will perform: “Songs of Sanctuary: Adiemus,” “Light a Candle” and “Carol of the Bells.” The Band and Orchestra will perform “Radetzky March,” “Spin, Dreidel, Spin” and “The Three Minute Nutcracker.” To close the concert, all three groups will join together and perform: “I Will Never Walk Alone” and “On with the Snow.”

The Chorus will be under the direction of Arielle Murdocco, and the Band and Orchestra under the direction of Matthew Trinkwald, music department chairperson.

For more information, contact Mr. Trinkwald at 516-441-4551 or at mtrinkwald@greatneck.k12.ny.us.

North High Winter Concert

Thursday, Dec. 17, at 7:15 p.m. 

North High School student musicians will perform their Winter Concert on Thursday, Dec. 17, beginning with holiday music in the lobby at 7:15 p.m., performed by the Chamber Music Society and Jazz Ensemble. The full concert, at 7:30 p.m., will be in the school’s auditorium, 35 Polo Rd. The concert is free and the public is welcome.

In keeping the music program’s theme, “A Winter’s Night in Vienna,” the Winter Concert will feature music by composers who lived in Vienna during four stylistic periods: Beethoven/Schubert/Brahms, Johann Strauss, Jr., Gustav Mahler and Arnold Schoenberg. The Chorus will perform selections by Berryman, Buckland, Champion and Martin, Carey and Afansieff, Stephen Schwartz and Stephen Sondheim. The instrumental portion of the Winter Concert will be Schubert’s “Marche Militaire,” themes from Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Overture to Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Schoenberg’s “Verklärte Nacht” (Transfigured Night) and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, first movement. The grand finale will feature the entire Chorus and Symphony Orchestra performing the final colossal movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.

The concert will be under the direction of Joseph Rutkowski, instrumental director, and Dr. Janine Robinson, choral director. Neil Saggerson is chairman of the Fine & Performing Arts Department.

For more information about the Winter Concert, contact Mr. Rutkowski at 516-441-4751 or at jrutkowski@greatneck.k12.ny.us

South High Winter Concert II

Thursday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m.

South High School musicians will perform their Winter Concert 2 on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m., in the school’s auditorium, 341 Lakeville Rd. The concert is free and the public is invited to attend this special evening of music.

The event will feature the Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Choir and Mixed Choir. The Symphonic Band will perform pieces by Williams, Brown, Holst, Sondheim and Reineke. The Symphony Orchestra will feature works by Jenkins, Saint-Saens, Tchaikovsky and Bizet. The Chamber Choir will sing “Laudate Dominum,” by Mozart. Mixed Choir will present pieces by Copland, Beethoven, Lennon/McCartney, Hamlisch and Tchaikovsky.

Instrumental groups will be under the direction of Michael Schwartz, performing arts department head/instrumental teacher. Choral groups will be conducted by Dr. Pamela Levy, vocal music teacher.

For further information about this concert, contact Mr. Schwartz at 516-441-4851 or mschwartz@great neck.k12.ny.us.

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