Students Display Best Work at Art Show and Concert

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Jane Brown of Metuchen conducts her final Upper School Concert at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School. (Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge School)

Jane Brown of Metuchen conducts her final Upper School Concert at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School. (Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge School)

EDISON — Upper School students at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School showcased their best work in the fine and performing arts at the annual Upper School Art Show and Concert on Thursday, May 3. Parents, faculty and staff members, students and friends browsed the halls to appreciate the beautiful artwork and enjoyed a late but great night of concert music.

Phil Kim of Warren, a student in Jane Brown’s Fundamentals of Music Theory class, opened the concert with his own arrangement of Brian Crain’s Butterfly Waltz. His piece was performed by Katie Buchbinder of Scotch Plains on flute, Kim on bass clarinet and Brown on piano.

Every year Brown has her students make an instrumental arrangement of a song of their choice. The parameters of the project are choosing three instruments including at least one transposing instrument, and one instrument that reads the bass or alto clef. Kim said that he chose this particular song to arrange because he really enjoys listening to New Age music. When it came time for him to choose the instruments for the composition he thought that the melody in the original composition would sound best played by a flute and would be supported well by the “bass sound” of his bass clarinet.

The program continued with the Concert Band performing “American Salute: Variations on When Johnny Comes Marching Home” arranged by Douglas Wagner, “Suite from Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Part 1” arranged by Jerry Brubaker, and “Big Band Spectacular: Ciribiribin and Jumpin’ at the Woodside” arranged by John Higgins.

MadJazz sang “Glad We Be This Day” by Phyllis Aleta Wolfe with a consort featuring Kush Mody of Edison on finger cymbals, Zubin Mulji of Edison on tambourine, Brian Machoka of Edison on hand drum and Brown and Mrs. Caldwell on recorder. They also performed a swinging version of “In the Mood” arranged by Peter Gritton.

The Jazz Band played Gershwin’s well-loved tune “Someone to Watch Over Me” arranged by Dave Wolpe featuring a wonderful vocal solo by Milika Griffiths of Edison. They closed their portion of the program with Billy Strahorn’s “Take the ‘A’ Train” arranged by Vince Gassi.

The Concert Choir performed “Sakura, Sakura” a Japanese folk song arranged by Chen Yi; Mozart’s “Veni Sancte Spiritus” featuring Kim Son of Woodbridge on piano and a solo quartet: Lauren Levine of Fanwood, soprano, Sarah Chalabi of Westfield, alto, Nick Davis of Union, tenor and Alex Barbet of Plainfield, bass; “Sentimental Journey” arranged by Hawley Ades; “Lydia the Tattooed Lady” arranged by Jay Althouse featuring the men of the choir (special thanks to Macada Brandl of Fanwood for the choreography); “Only Hope” arranged by Ed Lojeski featuring the women of the choir; and they concluded the program with a rousing version of an American spiritual “Wade in the Water” arranged by Mark Hayes featuring the following soloists: Ashley Martin of Edison, soprano, Milika Griffiths of Edison, mezzo-soprano, Nick Davis of Union, tenor and Alex Barbet of Plainfield, bass.

The show ended with a special performance of the Concert Choir serenading Brown at her final Upper School Concert with a heartfelt rendition of “Blessing” by Katie Moran Bart with Jim Little on piano.


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