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Arts

Fine Arts News

List of 8 items.

  • 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.

  • MS Play: Charlotte's Web

    Thursday, February 20, 4:30 p.m.
    Friday, February 21, 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
    Black Box Theater
     
    St. John’s Middle School presents Charlotte’s Web adapted by Joseph Robinette. Featuring all the beloved characters from the well-loved children’s book by E.B. White, audiences of all ages will fall in love with Charlotte and see what it is to be a true friend.
     
    Featuring performances from Class 6 students Reese Williams, Janai Campbell, Caroline Thompson, Raka Agrawal, Andrew Christensen, Eliza Dorros, Kate Leibman, Zain Imam, Henry Ordonez, Sonia Chilukuri, Jae Wykoff, Finley Watt, Gracey Crawford, Lachlan McFarland, Caroline Cruz, Josie Kelly, and Begona Zorrilla.
     
    The production is stage managed by Upper School student Noelle Alexander. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online via credit card by clicking here. Seating is general admission and ticket cost is $13. As seating is very limited in the Black Box Theatre, please consider purchasing your tickets in advance.
  • US Play: Mamma Mia!

    Thursday, March 5, 7:30 p.m.
    Friday, March 6, 7:30 p.m.
    Saturday, March 7, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
    Lowe Theater
     
    Dust off your platform shoes, grab the sequins and find your inner Dancing Queen! Sophia decides to invite her dad to her wedding, but there’s just one problem... it could be one of three men! Featuring songs from ABBA such as Super Trooper, Mamma Mia, and, of course, Dancing Queen. Fun for the whole family, you are sure to laugh, maybe cry and certainly dance along in your seats with Mamma Mia!
     
    The St. John’s production of Mamma Mia! features two separate casts in the leads and ensemble roles. Performances are Thursday, March 5, Friday, March 6, and Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m., as well as a Saturday, March 7 matinee at 2:00 pm. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online via credit card by clicking here. Seating is reserved and tickets are $13.
  • Kantorei Annual Recital

    Tuesday, March 31, 7:00 p.m.
    Stasney Hall
     
    Kantorei will give their annual concert on Tuesday, March 31, at 7:00 p.m., in Stasney Hall. The first half of the program will be a series of solo performances by individual Kantorei members with accompanist, Donald Doucet, designed to showcase the talented solo voices that make up the choir.
     
    Kantorei as a whole will perform the second half of the concert using music from their repertoire for this school year, which also serves as the program content for their concert tour of Germany and Switzerland this June. The literature will include music by Ernest Bloch, Robert Franz, Josef Rheinberger, and Ludwig Senfl, as well as African-American Spirituals and American folk music. Admission is free.
  • MS Play: Stronger Than Strong! Great American Tall Tale Heroines

    A Comedy by Brian Guehring
    Thursday, April 2, 4:30 p.m.
    Friday, April 3, 7:00.p.m.
    Lowe Theater
     
    St. John’s Middle School proudly presents Stronger Than Strong! Great American Tall Tale Heroines. The play, written by Brian Guehring, opens with a ballyhoo—actors running up and down the aisle to drum up excitement and anticipation for the upcoming medicine show. The famous Doctors Wellington have arrived in this small town at the turn of the last century to sell their amazing strength elixir to the population. The Doctors Wellington and their troupe of amazing actors first tell the audience how Dr. J.M. Wellington (in search of ingredients to make the strength elixir) meets a young Tennessee gal who became the rip-roarin’, gater wrasslin’ Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett. Dr. M.J. Wellington meets Annie Christmas, a young New Orleans girl who became a keelboating legend with the strength to beat up 1,000 men and to haul her keelboat down and up the Mississippi River. Dr. J.J. Wellington gets the final ingredient from the Wild West after meeting the catfish-riding, bronco-busting legendary cowgirl, Slue-Foot Sue. Using ingredients from each of these three heroines, the doctors create an elixir so you, too, can be as strong as these tall tale legends!
     
    The cast of students from Classes 7 and 8 includes Cal Bechtol, Adrian Castillo, Jackie Chapman, Henry Chiao, Virginia Carolyn Crawford, Amelia Earle, Zia Falasha, Jack Faulk, Jacob Green, Luke Harrison, Elizabeth Hay, Rayna Kim, Diya Kodgire, Lexi Lang, Tycho Larsen, Kristen Lee, Penelope Macpherson, Julia Mickiewicz, Talia Musher, Avery Vaughan, Addison Vine, Lauren Vo, Dayton Voorhees, Aidan Xu and Serina Yan.

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