Fine Arts News

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  • Guys and Dolls, Jr.

    Thursday, November 14, 4:30 p.m.
    Friday, November 15, 7:00 p.m.
    Lowe Theater
    St. John’s Fine Arts Department proudly presents Guys and Dolls, Jr., with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. Set in Damon Runyon's New York City, Guys and Dolls, Jr. follows gambler Nathan Detroit as he tries to raise cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while avoiding Lieutenant Brannigan and the policemen on his tail. Meanwhile, Nathan's fiancée, Adelaide, laments that they've been engaged for 14 years, yet she still has no wedding ring on her finger. Nathan bets fellow gambler Sky Masterson to try to win the cash he needs, sending Sky in pursuit of the straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown. Guys and Dolls, Jr. takes us from New York City all the way to Havana, Cuba, but in the end, everyone figures out right where they belong.
    Alex Arizpe directs the cast of 49 Middle School students with assistance from Alice Fogler and accent coaching from Kat Cordes. Brendan Emig directs the classic music, which Brooke Wilson enhances with her choreography. Teresa Fogler is designing and implementing the costumes to evoke the late 1920’s to match Runyon’s world. Technical director Thomas Murphy designed and is creating the sets for the production, working with Shortcake and Johnnycake crews and additional technical support. Performance times are Thursday, November 14, at 4:30 p.m. and Friday, November 15, at 7:00 p.m.
  • Piano Showcase

    Saturday, November 16, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
    Lower School Commons and Music Rooms

    The St. John's School Piano Showcase is an annual event created especially for students who study piano at St. John's School. It is designed to give students the opportunity to discover and develop interest and proficiency in many areas.

    The event provides an opportunity for each student to "showcase" his or her proficiency in performance skills and piano technique while introducing and reinforcing theoretical concepts, sight-reading, harmonization, arranging skills, and various styles of improvisation. Students will receive a written critique and a score of their performances from an independent judge in a private audition on the day of the event. With "Excellent" or "Superior" ratings, participants may qualify to earn awards across the span of several years. The event is designed to be motivational and provide students, parents, and teachers with valuable insights into the participants’ annual progress.

    This year, more than 60 students from the Lower, Middle, and Upper School divisions will participate. Faculty from regional universities and distinguished independent pedagogues will serve as judges for the event. Students who earn awards and honors will receive special recognition following their performances at the upcoming Spring Piano Recital on Saturday, May 9, 2020.
  • Fall Band Concert

    Tuesday, November 19, 7:00 p.m.
    Lowe Theater
    The Fall Band Concert will be held in the Lowe Theater on Tuesday, November 19, starting at 7:00 p.m. The concert will feature the Intermediate Band, the Middle School Jazz Band, the Upper School Wind Ensemble, and the Upper School Jazz Band. There will be a wide variety of music, including selections from the movies, TV show themes, and the pop group "Earth, Wind, and Fire." This concert promises to be a wonderful musical evening with something for everyone! Please come and support these Middle and Upper School musicians in their first concert of the year!
  • Candlelight Service

    Sunday, December 8, 5:00 p.m.
    The Church of St. John the Divine
    Doors open at 4:30 p.m.; Prelude begins at 4:45 p.m.
    For over 70 years, the St. John’s community has come together at the Church of St. John the Divine to celebrate the winter holiday by listening to wonderful music and enjoying heart-warming fellowship. With over 300 students involved, this family celebration has become a major event for the entire school community.
    The service includes a procession of choirs, seasonal hymns accompanied by organ and orchestra, spiritual readings by students and faculty, an address by Reverend Ned Mulligan, and performances by the St. John’s choirs and Chamber Strings. This year, the choirs will perform Somewhere in My Memory by John Williams, A La Nanita Nana arranged by Greg Gilpin, Sussex Carol arranged by Corin T. Overland, Sing We Noel arranged by Patrick Liebergen, Silent Night arranged by Dan Forrest, and Magnificat by Franz Schubert. As is our tradition, the service will close with Wonderful Peace by Gustaf Nordqvist, sung by choristers surrounding the congregation and illuminated only by candlelight.

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