A Night of Celebrating the Arts

Faculty, friends, and family members of the Northwest School community packed into Town Hall for the 37th annual ArtsFest Gala, on March 23, 2017. Over 300 students participated in the gala, which is a celebration of music, dance, visual arts, and theatre. This year, the evening was hosted by Humanities teacher Scott Davis, along with talented members of our Maintenance Department.

One of the most memorable performances of the evening was the opening act. Nearly 200 students took the stage and delivered a stunning rendition of the classic John Williams theme song to the Star Wars film series. It was the first time the Northwest School Symphony Orchestra and all four choirs joined for a performance.

In other musical acts, the A Cappella Choir sang a version of "Wagon Wheel" (which audience members agreed would make Bob Dylan proud). And all four choirs sang "Hope for Resolution," a piece choir teacher Dana Sewall describes as: "(a song that has) origins in the common human experience of searching for resolution and hope in times of strife and injustice, across time and throughout the world."

The 14 students in Spoken Word took the stage with an act comprised of original long-form poem titled Dear America. The poem called for a movement towards more compassion and empathy in the world.

A slideshow comprised of work from Northwest's visual arts classes was accompanied by a cover of "Down in the Valley," by Seattle-area band The Head and the Heart, featuring Ada B. '17, Analiese G. '17, Josie B. '18, and Eliza J. '18.

One of the highlights of event was the closing act by the Performing Dance Ensemble, featuring music by Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliot, and M.I.A. (among others). The dance was choreographed by the students, with assistance from dance teacher Ellie Sandstrom.

For more photos of the event, see below.