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  • Rethinking Africa: The staff of the African Advocacy Network includes Joe Sciarrillo, pictured here with Jean Elias Xavier, Director Aboudou Traore, Charles Jackson and Clementine Ntshaykolo outside their office in the Dolores Street Community Services building. They help a growing number of African immigrants to the Bay Area who may number as many as 50,000.
  • Retiring Pillars: SI’s faculty surprised Fr. Sauer in May with applause and flowers after the announcement of his reassignment.
  • The SI boys’ lacrosse team enjoyed what may have been best year since its founding nearly a quarter century ago. The lacrosse press ranked the team among the top 15 in the nation as SI turned in another undefeated season in league play – its fourth undefeated season since it joined the WCAL in 2010.
  • Richard Driscoll ’06, a performance engineer for Oracle Team USA that will defend the America’s Cup in September, is among the few locals hunkering down in Pier 80 off Marin Street, where they work 65-hour weeks to make sure that Ellison’s boat sails twice as fast as the wind and maneuvers with precision and power as it takes on challengers from around the world.
  • Retiring Pillars: Since the 1970s, Mary McCarty made sure Latin was a living language for students in her classes.
  • Rethinking Africa: Ira Shaughnessy ’00 spent two years in Ghana from 2007 to 2009 working with the Bormase helping with the cultivation of the Moringa tree, whose leaves are rich in vitamins.

Fine Arts


The Winter Concert

Wyatt Stillman ’16    
Contributing Editor

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.

Posted by on Friday December, 13, 2013


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