The Winter Concert
Wyatt Stillman ’16
December marks the holiday season and the time to take a break from school or work. What better way to relax than by listening to some good tunes? As always, the SI jazz band and orchestra will be putting on a show of excellent music this December with shows on the 4th and 6th.
Whether you enjoy jazz, classical, or other, there’s plenty reason to stop by this year’s winter concert. As the jazz band blasts away on classic ballads by Duke Ellington, a tribute to the musical West Side Story, and Stevie Wonder’s world of funk, the orchestra plays soothing pieces like Gershwin’s timeless Rhapsody in Blue, Grieg’s upbeat Holberg Suite, a mellow yet powerful Élégie for cello, and others.
Our orchestra, by the way, has been invited to play at Carnegie Hall next April. “We were invited to perform there after a representative from World Projects Tours heard us at the Catholic Schools concert last February and invited us to apply to be accepted to the festival at Carnegie Hall,“ said Dr. Gillian Clements, the head of both jazz band and orchestra. “We sent in a recording, and were accepted! Only six high schools and two colleges are accepted worldwide.”
Both groups are more than ready to take on the winter concert. The soloists stand out: Rachel Yan 14’ (cello) and the exceedingly talented Charles Keiser 14’ (piano) from orchestra; and in jazz band, Florence Walsh 14’ (tenor sax), Kevin Reidy (trumpet), and an incredible vocal feature from class of 15’ Stephanie Woodford.
But really, one doesn’t see a performance just to see one person, even if their solo is particularly excellent. As Dr. Clements likes to tell her students: “A band is like a great sports team. Every player plays a key role in the team’s success.” Working together, every member of the music program has put together a show for the ages. Both bands invite the Saint Ignatius student body to join them in a great night of music. You won’t want to miss out.
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