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Fine Arts News

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  • Upper School Studio Play: The Cripple of Inishmaan

    Wednesday, January 29, and Thursday, January 30, at 7:30pm
    Black Box Theater
    For Cripple Billy, life on the Irish island of Inishmaan isn’t exciting. He sees the same few people every day who have nothing to do but talk about each other; his only escape is in reading or looking at cows. What else is there to look at . . the sea? His life isn’t exciting, that is, until an American film company comes to a neighboring island, and the chance to be a Hollywood film star arrives with it. In Martin McDonagh’s biting dark comedy, The Cripple of Inishmaan, we are asked what makes us bad or good people. What do we do with our love, our lies, our kindnesses, and our prejudices?
    The Cripple of Inishmaan features performances from Jack Link, Noura Jabir, Marina Ring, Alexander Adrogue, Travis Bouchard, Louisa Sarofim, Alejandro Garza, Nyla Hartigan, and Sophia Jazaeri. The play is stage managed by Brianna Baskin with assistant stage managers Shaan Patel and Adele Wan. Tickets go on sale January 22 and may be purchased online via credit card or at the door the evening of the performances. General Admission tickets are $13. Seating is limited to 100 patrons per performance. The play contains mature language, mature themes, and depictions of violence.

  • Student Choreography Showcase (STUCHO)

    Friday, January 17, 7:30 pm
    Lowe Theater
    The Student Choreography Showcase, known as STUCHO, is a student-produced dance concert. This year there are 12 participating students of all Upper School class levels showcasing their choreography ability in the student choreography showcase. These choreographers are responsible for selecting their music, dancers, and costumes, as well as organizing rehearsal schedules. Each choreographer went through an adjudication process where they presented their work-in-progress and received constructive feedback from the adjudicators. This year we welcome again adjudicators Peggy Hinojosa and Nicole Bishop. Hinojosa is a former dancer with San Francisco Ballet and former TUTS faculty member who currently teaches and sets choreography throughout the Houston area. Nicole Bishop received her formal training at Tempe Dance Academy in Tempe, Arizona. Nicole has performed on Good Morning America with the Radio City Rockettes and in Las Vegas as a dancer in Guys and Dolls. She now works and teaches at Amy Blake’s Academy of Dance in Friendswood, Texas.
    This year’s student choreographers are Athena Adrogué, Yuki Chevray, Olivia Doan, Josie Feldman, Sarah Hill, Catherine Huang, Catherine Lu, Bailey Maierson, Samara Moll, Adele Wan, and Connie Yu. They will be joined by the following dancers: Eliot Aiman, Lindsay Frankfort, Jacqueline Heal, Celine Huang, Ella Rose, Thalie Waters, Kate Willey and dancers from Terpsichore and Caprice III. These young choreographers will present work from different genres of dance such as hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, ballet, cultural and lyrical dance. Participation in the showcase is voluntary for dance students that are interested in creating and exploring their artistic voice.
    The choreographers also get to collaborate with Johnnycake members who design custom lighting for each piece. Choreographers participate in a lighting design class taught by Edgar Guajardo. Edgar is lighting designer for some of Houston’s top dance companies and playhouses. Edgar is also the lighting designer for St. John’s Upper and Middle School dance concerts. Johnnycake designers work to incorporate the mood the choreographer is trying to convey into their lighting design. During production week, the choreographers, dancers, and lighting designers will spend many hours working to fine tune the show. Dance instructor Dorrell Martin oversees and advises on all aspects of the student choreography process.
    The dance works presented in the student choreography showcase are a true reflection of each choreographer’s innermost feelings, and they cannot wait to share them with family and friends. Come and enjoy these talented young St. John’s choreographers and dancers as they express their artistry through dances and lighting designs.

  • Middle School Visual Arts Exhibit

    January 13–31, 2020
    Glassell Gallery
    Student art from the second quarter of Class 7 and Class 8 will be displayed as an integrated show of developing artistry of Middle School students and the Visual Arts program. The exhibition, which runs from January 13–31, will include paintings, illustrations, and sculptures. There will be a closing reception on Wednesday, January 22 from 12–12:40 p.m.
    Come see the work of these talented students!

  • Houston Printmaker Tess Doyle: 2020 Artist in Residence

    Exhibition: Tess Doyle – Print Portraits, February 3–28
    Artist Residency: February 10–14
    Glassell Gallery
    The annual SJS Artist in Residence is an opportunity for a professional artist to share their artistic practice with the SJS community and to work with the art teachers and Lower, Middle, and Upper School students to create a division-wide collaborative project.
    This year’s artist in residence is Houston-based printmaker Tess Doyle. Tess works primarily in printmaking, drawing, and mixed media. Inspired by pop culture and personal idols, she creates an array of figurative and symbol-heavy imagery, primarily through portraiture. Tess received her BFA in printmaking from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. Along with her studio practice, Tess works as an art educator at a local performing and visual arts high school and is Press Assistant at Burning Bones Press in Houston.
    From February 10–14, Tess will hold printmaking workshops in Class 2, Class 3, and Class 8 art classes, along with Upper School 2D Studio Art, Studio II, and Photo II classes. Based on the portraits she creates, Tess will coordinate with division art teachers Katie Gonzalez, Carla Wall, Jeanette Bush, Chuy Benitez, and Dan Havel to assist students with various printmaking techniques to create portraits that depict themselves as an animal spirit, super hero, or cultural icon. Once complete, portrait prints from each division will be installed in the Glassell Gallery for a portrait print exhibition.

  • Middle School Pop Show: Rolling Through the Generations

    Thursday, February 6, 4:00 pm & 6:30 pm
    Lowe Theater
    The Pop Show culminates a year of hard work by the Middle School Treble Choir, Cantatores. This year’s Pop Show, Rolling Through the Generations, will feature the members of Cantatores and the Boy Choir. The show will take a ride through decades of popular music, starting in the 1960s going through to the early 2000s. Students will perform hits such as "Stayin’ Alive", "Ain’t No Mountain High Enough", "Take on Me", "Walk Like an Egyptian", "Love Story", and "I Want It That Way". We hope you will join us for this wonderful production.
    Brendan Emig directs the Pop Show and has been working with Cantatores since the fall to find suitable songs. The girls from Class 8 had the opportunity to suggest songs they wished to perform, and Mr. Emig found appropriate arrangements. The Pop Show will be performed with a live band, led by Mr. Doucet. Mr. Bonasso leads the Boy Choir, and Mrs. Arouty and Ms. Wilson expertly choreographed the performance.

    There is no admission charge. DVDs of the performance may be purchased online at www.jimstamosproductions.com. You won’t want to miss this night of wonderful singing and dancing!

  • Piano Recitals

    Sunday, February 9, 1–7pm
    Lowe Theater
    Our Piano Recitals will showcase SJS piano students who have prepared pieces for solo performance. Combined, our performances will offer a wide variety of music from different stylistic periods. Each recital will feature about 30 individual musicians ranging from Elementary through Advanced levels. In addition to private instruction, recital preparation includes various group and partner lessons. These ancillary sessions offer the students a cooperative learning environment purposed to refine practice strategies, memory, and performance skills.
    The SJS community is warmly invited to attend and support these students in the culmination of their hard work this semester. Please contact Joanna Reeder (jreeder@sjs.org) for detailed information, including student performance lists for each of the recitals. Please click here to learn more about our program and how your student can become involved!

  • Upper School Choral-Orchestral Festival

    Monday, February 10, 7pm
    St. John the Divine
    On Monday, February 10, Upper School Choirs and Chamber Strings will present their annual Choral-Orchestral Festival. Les Chanteuses will perform “Il Est Bel et Bon” by Pierre Passereau and “O God My Heart is Ready” by Peter Niedmann. Kantorei will perform Robert Franz’s “Ave Maria,” “Yihyu Lerozon Imrei Fi" from Ernest Bloch’s “Sacred Service,” and Shawn Kirchner’s setting of the early American folk hymn “Hallelujah.”
    The Upper School string ensembles will play music by Mendelssohn, Debussy, Glazunov, and Fletcher. Chorale will join Chamber Strings to present Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria. Known as one of the most popular sacred cantatas in the repertoire, Vivaldi’s Gloria demonstrates the famous composer’s joyful, sunny nature as well as his gift for designing distinctive melodies and rhythms. Admission is free.

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