Upper School Students Excel in Spring Concerts

Over 100 students Ushered in the spring season with in two separate concerts on May 30 and 31. The 9-10 Choir, 11-12 Choir, and Upper School Orchestra took the risers at Plymouth Church on May 30, and the A Capella Choir and the Performing Music Ensemble at First Covenant Church on May 31.

On May 30th, a special highlight was the culmination of the yearlong Virtual Orchestra Project (VOP). The VOP connected Northwest School orchestra students with other music students from eight different schools on five continents. In the concert, Northwest Upper School Orchestra performed live and in syncopation with a video featuring all the schools playing the same song, "Libertango," by Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla.

The orchestra students also performed "Western Capriccio" by Huang and Wang, arranged by orchestra faculty Jo Nardolillo, and featuring guest Rebecca C. '18 on the guzheng (Chinese zither).

The 11-12 Choir and 9-10 Choir both had two special numbers split between the sopranos and altos and the tenors and basses. Both groups choreographed their own movements to accompany the songs.

On May 31, the 22 students who comprise the A Capella Choir delivered a fantastic set of 17 songs, ranging from traditional songs from around the world to modern pop hits. Highlights included "The Calm Before the Storm," an original song written by choir member Lauren O. '20 and arranged by the A Cappella Choir, and "River" by Leon Bridges, which was specially arranged by Mira C. '18, Lily S. '18, and Burgin U. '18.

The Performing Music Ensemble, also known as The House Band, closed out the concert with an eclectic set, featuring covers such as "Final Countdown" by Europe, "Back to Black" by Amy Winehouse, and "Money" by Pink Floyd. The band also played an original piece by member Olivia K. '19, "Devil."