EDISON — A standing room only crowd enjoyed what many called the finest Wardlaw-Hartridge Lower School Concert ever on Thursday, May 10. Catchy tunes filled the air with instrumentals and vocals that delighted the crowd.
The show began with the Pre-Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten students singing The Rainbow Connection and Hala lala layya and I’ve Got Music Down in My Heart. Percussion was provided by Anya Batra of Edison, Isabella Caldwell of Piscataway, Michael Howell III of Piscataway, Vinay Karthik of Edison and Nikeeta Khurana of Metuchen.
The fourth grade beginning band took the stage and played six songs: Go Tell Bill, Hot Cross Buns, Merrily We Roll Along, Au Claire de la Lune, Farm Out and Sweetly Sings the Donkey. The Kindergarten and first grade sang I’m Gonna Sit at the Welcome Table, Guantanamera (with percussion by Rohan Batra of Edison and Varleine Coq of Woodbridge) and Crocodile Rock.
The fifth grade band performed four selections: Fanfare Heroica, Montego Bay, Rock-A-Bye Baby and Loosen Up Take Two. The third grade recorder consort, with percussion by Olivia Brown of South Plainfield, Elijah Gray of Roselle, Leila Hernández-Webster of Edison, Shaan Jasti of Colonia, Anna Razvi of Somerset and Ronit Shahane of Piscataway, played Kumbaya.
The second and third graders sang Magic with soloists Emma Rose Jacobson and Talia Jacobson of Metuchen, Jason Kisare of Bridgewater, Simone Erachshaw of Iselin, Kyler Montague of Nutley and Suniti Shah of Edison, Hope is a Hidden Star and Hitori, with percussion by Aarush Dharayan of Edison, Tenajah Eldridge of Plainfield, Nicholas Ji of Edison, Julian Kaniuka of North Plainfield, Nicole Ling of Edison, Elijah Ojo of Rahway, Chetan Yasa of Edison and Masoma Zaidi of Edison.
The fourth and fifth graders performed four vocals: Sahayta with soloists Stanislav DeLaurentiis of Plainfield, Sydney Johnson of Piscataway, Janeyce McCray of Union, Aanandi Murlidharan of Edison, Briella Payami of Scotch Plains, Sydney Rose of North Plainfield and Alexandra Vargas of Dunellen, Flying Free, Count on Me and Galop.
All students came together for the finale, a wonderful rendition of We Are the World with Dazyln Erachshaw of Iselin on wind chimes and soloists Mikayla Cole of Plainfield, Lillian Helander of Westfield, Kaeli Montague of Nutley, Amanda Lutz of Woodbridge, Marcia Ojo of Rahway, Nadia Valcourt of South Plainfield and Sara Reiss of Fords.
The performers, parents and other guests enjoyed an Olympic-themed reception in the Oakwood Room following the concert.