Students Shine at Fall Concerts

Two fantastic concerts closed out the fall trimester: one with the Middle and Upper School Orchestras at Plymouth Church on Tuesday, Nov. 14, and another with Middle and Upper School Bands at Greenlake Methodist Church on Thursday, Nov. 16.

A particular highlight of the Upper School Orchestra performance was the rendition of "Roma," a composition by renowned composer and guitarist Christophe Chagnard. Christophe and Seattle-based jazz guitarist Greg Ruby joined the students during the performance. After "Roma," orchestra teacher Jo Nardolillo asked Christophe and Greg to treat the audience to a special improvised piece, and the two musicians happily obliged.

In another special moment, seventh grader Miles G. took center stage during the Middle School Orchestra performance for multiple solos on the flute in the more classically oriented "Italien Air", by the German baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann.

The next night’s band performances entertained the audience with a variety of musical pieces, including classical and jazz. Middle School Bands played “Colliding Visions" by composer Brian Balmages and “Sabre Dance”, a movement in the final act of Aram Khachaturian's ballet Gayane. The Upper School Jazz Band closed out the evening with performances of "On the Street Where You Live" by Nat King Cole and "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars" by Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Pictured above (from left): Christophe Chagnard, Greg Ruby