It was a brisk Tuesday night on January 28. The stars were beautifully shining in the sky, but a more luminous light was coming from the Wadsworth room in the Jordan Athletic Center. Many eager students and parents gathered, anxiously awaiting the start of the Winter Recital, the temptation intensified with the wonderful arrangement of refreshments.
The winter recital was one of the most anticipated music festivals at the school so far this calendar year. For one, the B-Flats had this date marked on their schedules since before school started. Mr. Patterson made sure that the B-Flats were ready to perform songs at this illustrious event. All 13 members performed solo pieces ranging from Whitney Houston to the Zac Brown Band to 70’s pop. Most notably were the riveting performances of Alex Atalla ‘21 and James Markis ‘20. Their respective pieces of Roxanne by the Police and Pompeii by Bastille riled the crowd up. Their energy was definitely a high of the night.
Not only did students sing, but members of the orchestra and jazz ensemble also displayed some of their pieces. Many Middle schoolers showed up and arguably gave the most stunning acts of the night with complex classical pieces. The Upper School jazz ensemble also showed a unique piece as they performed In a Sentimental Mood by Duke Ellington. Mr. Fiori described his arrangement as an instrumental version of “a capella.”. Nevertheless, the horns marvelously played the piece without a rhythm section to anchor them in. In reflection, the night was a once in a lifetime experience that the performers will never forget.