Lower School Concerts Spotlight 4th and 5th Graders

[ May 15, 2014 ]

Two recent Lower School concerts gave students in Grades 4 and 5 the chance to show off their vocal and instrumental skills.

Students in Grade 5 performed a variety of songs—from Handel to Pharrell Williams—at their concert. The Strings (violin, cello, bass) entertained the audience with Handel’s “Processional,” Bob Marley’s “One Love,” Tchaikovsky’s “Andante Catabile,” Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida,” and Henry Mancini’s “Theme from The Pink Panther.”

The Band (flute, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet and euphonium) started off with Michael Sweeny’s “Gallant March” and Anne McGinty’s “Windsor Overture,” and then played three crowd favorites: “What a Wonderful World,” “New York, New York,” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”

The Chorus sang a traditional spiritual, “Joshua!” and then moved on to “A Classis Alleluia” before turning to Rogers & Hammerstein’s “Do-Re-Mi” and Allister MacGillifray’s “Here’s to Song.” Their final selection was the popular song from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack, Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.”

The Grade 4 program, From Sea to Shining Sea: A Musical Journey through America’s Past, featured 16 songs that provided a history lesson of sorts to the audience.

The concert began with “Laq qui Parle/Peace Pipe,” a Dakota hymn/Ojibwe Native American song. Revolutionary War song “Yankee Doodle” and American fiddle tune “Bile ‘Em Cabbage Down” were followed by the riverboat chantey “Shenandoah” and American folk song “Old MacDonald.” Civil War songs included “Sweet Betsy from Pike” and “The Battle Cry of Freedom.”  Patriotic tunes “The Star Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful” were also on the program, along with several other songs.

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