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Fine Arts News

List of 9 items.

  • All School Visual Arts Showcase

    Monday, October 4–Friday, October 22
    Claire Attwell Glassell Gallery
    Kit Haggard ‘25

    An exciting new year begins for the SJS Visual Arts Program. With the addition of two new art instructors, Tendai Mufaka (Photography) and Scott Johnson (Photography and 2D Studio Art), and the second year for Middle School art teacher Paige Hellman, our program continues to expand on the artistic possibilities for SJS students.
    We will celebrate the new year with an art exhibit in the Clare Attwell Glassell Gallery on October 18th showcasing artwork from Lower, Middle, and Upper School art students. A full range of media from K-12 students will be on display, including ceramics, sculpture, architecture, printmaking, drawing, painting, photography, and mixed media artwork. Stop by the gallery in the campus center to enjoy the creative talent of the SJS art students!
  • Upper School Fall Play: Much Ado About Nothing

    Thursday, October 14–Saturday, October 16, 7:30 p.m.
    Lowe Theater

    “My dear Lady Disdain, are you yet living?” So says Benedick to Beatrice. “Is it possible disdain should die while she has such meet food to feed it as Signior Benedick?” Beatrice shoots back in reply. Thus begins the exciting clash of wits of Shakespeare’s beloved romantic comedy, Much Ado About Nothing
    In this timeless tale, Shakespeare’s most reluctant lovers swear they cannot stand each other, while friend Claudio and cousin Hero cannot wait to fall in love. Benedick’s military compatriots and Beatrice’s family conspire together to trick our witty heroes into admitting their true feelings, all while the villainous Don John conspires to rip Claudio and Hero apart. Can our lovers and the blundering constable Dogberry stop the villain and save the day in time? This classic tale of Love and War begs the question: is it really all fair?  
    Starring Noelle Alexander, Eden Anne Bauer, Adrian Castillo, Alex Flores, Lindsay Frankfort, Lydia Gafford, Alejandro Garza, Jay Love, Penelope Macpherson, Owen Paschke, Ava Steely, Dayton Voorhees, Lucy Walker, and Tanner Watson; stage managed by Drew Adams and Maggie Whelan. Performances are Thursday, October 14, Friday, October 15, and Saturday, October 16 at 7:30pm in the VST Lowe Theater. Tickets are $13, up-to-date COVID safety protocols will be in place. 
  • Upper School Fall Choral Concert

    Sunday, October 17, 6:00 p.m.
    St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

    The Upper School Fall Choral Concert will take place on Sunday, October 17, at 6:00 p.m. at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. The concert will feature Les Chanteuses, Chorale, and Kantorei.  The choirs will be accompanied by St. John’s own Donald Doucet as well as a guest percussionist and string quartet. The choirs will perform pieces by notable composers Jeffrey L. Ames, Dan Forrest, Shawn Kirchner, Robert Parsons, Audrey Snyder, and Ruth Elaine Schram. The literature spans over 500 years of musical history and includes folk songs from Georgia, South Africa, and the United States as well as a choral arrangement of one of Dolly Parton’s greatest hits!
    This year's US Fall Choral Concert promises to be a spectacular musical experience.  You won't want to miss it. Admission is free.
  • Upper School Orchestra Concert

    Wednesday, October 20, 7:00 p.m.
    Lowe Theater

    As we continue to move back toward a more “normal” year in the Fine Arts Department, instrumental music concerts have been scheduled a little differently to previous years. Rather than one full (and crowded!) concert, the instrumental ensembles for Upper and Middle School will perform on separate concert dates. We look forward to sharing the wonderful music of the Upper School String Orchestras on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 7:00 p.m. in Lowe Theater. Music selections will include a setting of an Irish reel and music of Pietro Mascagni and Doug Spata. We are so excited to be playing in front of a live audience again!
  • Upper School Student Playwriting Festival

    Friday, October 22, 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, October 23, 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
    Black Box Theater

    Last year during the pandemic, the arts were forced to adjust and create content that could be performed and shared remotely. This paved the way for an opportunity, and Johnnycake created the Upper School Student Playwriting Festival. Our very own St. John’s students submitted scripts telling stories that they wanted to hear.
    We are extremely excited to announce the Second Annual Student Playwriting Festival! This years’ festival theme is “To Tell the Truth?” There was an overwhelming response and nine plays have been selected to be produced in the Black Box Theatre. Will you join us to find the answer to who killed Aunt Sarah? Will the lights come on again? Is Siri actually controlling our relationships? The truth will be revealed...or will it?!
    The Student Playwriting Festival features plays by Ananya Agrawal, Eden Anne Bauer, Josie Feldman, Lindsay Frankfort, Isabella Gidi, Molly Hennessy, Grace Rustay, and Maggie Whelan. Performances by Ananya Agrawal, Skylar Gross, Bobby Hvalinka, Sophia Jazaeri, Eve Kroencke, Rahul Lal, Jack Lovett, Penelope Macpherson, Owen Paschke, Ryan Paschke, Grace Rustay and Keval Shah. Tickets ($5) will be on sale in the week before the October 22 and 23 performance dates. Covid protocols will be in place, with limited seating available.
  • Fall Lower and Middle School Choral Concert

    Sunday, October 24, 6:00 p.m.
    St. Luke’s United Methodist Church 

    The Lower and Middle School Fall Choral Concert will take place on Sunday, October 24, at 6:00 p.m., at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. Separated from the Upper School concert to allow for social distancing, the concert will feature the St. John’s Singers, Boy Choir and Cantatores. The choirs will be accompanied by St. John’s own Donald Doucet as well as guest instrumentalists. Performances will include spirituals, a New Zealand sea chanty, Scottish, Ghanian and Israeli folk songs.  Composers Jacob Narverud, Nick Page, Dave and Jean Perry, Greg Gilpin, Charles Collins, and Victor C. Johnson works will be featured. This year’s Fall Concert promises to be another spectacular musical experience which you won’t want to miss. Admission is free. 
  • Middle School Band and Orchestra Concert

    Tuesday, November 2, 7:00 p.m.
    Lowe Theater

    Please join us for the Fall Middle School Instrumental Music Concert on Tuesday, November 2, at 7:00 p.m. in the Lowe Theater. The concert will feature the Middle School Intermediate Band, the Middle School Jazz Band, the Middle School Sinfonietta, the Middle School Camerata, Beginning Strings, and the Class 6 Enrichment Ensemble. From the Band, enjoy a variety of traditional concert and jazz music including Manhattan Beach March by John Phillip Sousa, Bigfoot Stomp by Robert Buckley, and St. Louis Blues by W.C. Handy. Selections to be played by the strings will include music by Francis Feese, Alan Lee Silva, and Mark Williams. It will be a wonderful celebration of live music for all!
  • TPSMEA Middle School and Children’s Honor Choir Opportunity

    Practice and Performance, November 5-6
    Willow Meadows Baptist Church

    The SJS Choral Department is thrilled to offer students in Classes 5-8 the opportunity to audition for the Texas Private School Music Educators Association Honor Choirs this year. The organization has two regions in Texas, the North Division (meeting in Dallas) and the South Division (meeting in Houston). Students are selected based on an audition and go on to perform a concert in November. 
    There are two choirs for each event. Student’s in Class 5-6 are invited to sing by their respective director (Mrs. Parrish, Mr. Emig, or Mr. Bonasso) and will be placed into the Children’s Honor Choir, which will be directed by Penny Gabrielsen. Students in Class 7-8 are required to submit an audition based on cuts from the performance music. If selected, these students will perform in the Middle School Honor Choir, directed by Lindy Perez. 
    This year’s Honor Choir weekend is November 5th and 6th at Willow Meadows Baptist Church in Houston. Performing students will spend Friday afternoon rehearsing with area directors in preparation for the clinician. On Saturday, students arrive early for their rehearsals with their clinician. They spend the day working on their music with other students from across the area, and perform a concert that evening. 
    Overall, this is a wonderful opportunity for students to connect and make music with other students from our area and strengthen their choral skills. If you have any questions, please contact Brendan Emig at bemig@sjs.org.
  • Triumph of the Human Spirit: Works by Houston Refugee and Immigrant Artists

    November 11-12
    Clare Attwell Glassell Gallery

    The St. John’s Fine Arts Department is proud to host the fifth annual YMCA Refugee and Immigrant Artist Exhibition and benefit. YMCA International Services is a unique part of YMCA of Greater Houston and provides support to refugee, immigrant, and other vulnerable populations. Each program is designed to help advance economic independence, social integration and civic participation.

    The exhibition will feature artwork from local refugee and immigrant artists from the Houston area, and will be on public display November 11-12 in the Clare Attwell Glassell Gallery. A reception and benefit auction will be held on Friday, Nov. 12, 6-9pm, and tickets for the event can be purchased through the YMCA (link provided below). All proceeds from the sale of this stunning artwork will be shared equally between the artists and YMCA International Services, where the funds are directed to support the continuation of this and related programming. To purchase tickets: https://one.bidpal.net/triumphofthehumanspirit/welcome

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