Ending on a High Note: The 2018 Spring Concert

On the evening of Thursday April 26, the Blair Academy Orchestra and Singers held their annual Spring Concert in DuBois Theatre, marking the final concert of the year.

The Jazz Ensemble opened the concert with the classic “Moment’s Notice” by John Coltrane, featuring soloists Paul Seriothin ’18 (alto saxophone) and Glenn Bechtler ’18 (trumpet). Next they played “How High the Moon,” which also featured a solo by Seriothin, as well as by Rachel Ninomiya ’19 (alto saxophone), and Brennan Cooney ’19 (guitar).

Women’s Ensemble performed “Ave Generosa,” a religious piece arranged Ola Gjeilo, and the Men’s Choir performed “Idumea” paired with choreography and a solo performance by Ryan Gomez ’20.

The Chamber Choir sang “Ubi Caritas,” a chant by Maurice Durufle, featuring a solo from Clara McGrath ’18. They also sang “God So Loved the World,” a celebratory religious piece by John Stainer, and “Dirait-on” by Morten Lauridsen.

The Blair Academy Singers performed “A Prayer for Cardinal Newman,” which was workshoped with the composer, James Whitbourn; “The Nightingale,” a romantic folk song by Dan Forrest; and “Sleep,” conducted by choir president, Emma Mohlman ’18, and arranged by composer Eric Whitacre.

The Orchestra performed Gershwin’s “American in Paris,” along with the first movement of Dvořák’s “New World Symphony.” Chamber Orchestra continued with another piece from the same symphony, and then combined forces with Singers to perform “Festival of Sanctus” by John Leavitt.

To close the concert, Singers and Orchestra came together to perform a medley of pieces from Les Miserables that feature “One Day More,” “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Master of the House,” “On My Own,” and “Do You Hear the People Sing.” The piece featured solos from Robbie Donnelly ’20, Hannah Starorypinski ’20, and Nina Sigety ’19.

The performers’ many months of hard work rehearsing each piece front-to-back over and over again paid off. It was great display of the performers love of their art, and the seniors, wearing white boutonnieres, ended their musical careers at Blair on a high note.

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Matt Dev

Matt Dev is a senior and an editor for the Oracle.