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Fine Arts News

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  • Kantorei Performs at Celebration of Diversity

    The American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) Community of Conscience (CoC) brings leaders together from different backgrounds to make a statement against the division in today’s society, and discuss proactive ways we can address it.
    For the second year, AJC Houston’s CoC hosted an America’s Table Teen Event, which celebrated Houston’s incredible diversity as an in-person program designed as an educational experience for a high-school audience from area school districts. The Houston Astros Foundation hosted the Teen America’s Table at Minute Maid Park on November 9.
    Senior members of St. John’s School’s Upper School a cappella choir, Kantorei, performed jazz arrangements of “America the Beautiful” and “God Bless America” to open and close the ceremony, respectively. Kantorei has worked with AJC in past years to provide choral music for the UN Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony at the Houston Holocaust Museum.

  • SJS maintains robust participation in TPSMEA Region and All-State Choirs

    Region 3 Choir Clinic & Concert: January 13-14, Houston
    All-State Choir Clinic & Concert: January 26-28, Richardson, TX

    The SJS Upper School Choral Department is proud to announce that 29 students were selected to participate in this year’s TPSMEA All-Region Choirs and 12 students for the All-State Choir.
    The Texas Private School Music Educators Association (TPSMEA) consists of more than 50 private schools from all over the state of Texas. Students wishing to be considered for the TPSMEA choirs submit audition recordings in October and these recordings are judged at a regional level. Students whose recordings place high enough are invited to participate in either the All-Region Treble Choir or All-Region Mixed Choir. The top recordings from each regional round are then judged at a statewide level for the All-State Choir. Of the many hundreds of students who submit auditions from across the state, 200 are invited to participate in the All-State Choir.
    The Region 3 All-Region Choirs meet in Houston in the second weekend of January to host a clinic and concert with a guest conductor, and the All-State Choir meets in Dallas at the end of January for their clinic and concert.
    The conductor of this year's All-State Choir is renowned choral composer and conductor Cristi Miller. It is a prestigious accomplishment to be selected to these honor choirs! Congratulations to these US students!
    Region 3 Treble Choir: Claire Adkins, Virginia Carolyn Crawford, Sophie Denham, Molly Hennessy, Mia Hong, Rayna Kim, Lexi Lang, Amelia Nuckles, Grace Rustay, Ava Steely, Mary Caroline Sudduth, and Annie Villa.
    Region 3 Mixed Choir: Abi Balachandran, Alexa Christensen, Andrew Christensen, Mark Doan, Jacob Green, Jason Han, Maggie Henneman, Matthew Lee, John Matthews-Ederington, Sasha Mintz, Alex Ramirez, Claire Schwanauer, Arjun Singhal, Lia Symer, Ethan Tantuco, Jaya Thekdi, and Dayton Voorhees.
    All-State Choir: Alexa Christensen, Mark Doan, Jacob Green, Jason Han, Maggie Henneman, Matthew Lee, John Matthews-Ederington, Alex Ramirez, Claire Schwanauer, Arjun Singhal, Jaya Thekdi, and Dayton Voorhees.
  • SJS record participation in TPSMEA All-State Band and Orchestra January 28

    Joining our twelve All-State choir members are seven students from Upper School Strings, and four from Band, together totaling the highest number of All-State music students in school history. All students will engage in intensive workshops and rehearsal with master clinicians and conductors from some of the most prestigious universities from across the country. The culmination of this event is a concert given by the All-State Choir, All-State Orchestra, All-State Band, and All-State Jazz Band. It will truly be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for these students and we are so proud of their hard work and success!
    Please congratulate the Orchestra students for their All-State success: violinists Claire Connelly, Emily Huang, Jennifer Liu, Mary Ho, Helen Yang and Jerry Zhang and violist Michelle Liu. Emiy, Jennifer, Mary, and Jerry are returning TPSMEA All-State members. Special congratulations to Emily for earning a place in TPSMEA All-State for the fourth year!
    Representing SJS in the TPSMEA All-State Concert Band are Alice Xu on the oboe who is in her fourth consecutive year with All-State Band, and several members in their second consecutive year; Brayden Mi on alto sax, Anya Yalamanchilil on flute, and Embao Cao on clarinet. Many congratulations to these fine musicians for their hard work and we are sure that it will be a wonderful weekend of music-making for all!

  • Upper School Studio Play: Middletown by Will Eno

    Thursday, January 26, Friday, January 27, and Saturday, January 28, 7:00 p.m. each day
    Black Box Theater
    *Appropriate for ages 14 and up

    Often referred to as a contemporary riff on Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, written almost a century later, Will Eno’s Middletown shares the theme of exploring the universe of small town life in America. Despite its other similarity to the classic in its theatrical style, Middletown is much more brutally honest, and takes an insightful look at the subtle despair that lives at the edges of contemporary life. As a friendship develops between longtime resident John Dodge and new arrival Mary Swanson, the lives of the inhabitants of Middletown intersect in strange and poignant ways in a journey that takes them from the local library to outer space and points in between. Join us in this deeply moving and funny play that reminds us of the joy and the subtle ache that permeates every life lived.
    The Upper School cast and crew include: Adrian Castillo, Jack Faulk, Hailey Jane Frank, Evan Gregory, Jack Lovett, Daniela Laing, Madison Mann, Quentin Nicholson, Ryan Paschke, Ally Rodriguez, Norah Simon, and Caroline Thompson.
    Tickets will be available for online purchase starting January 18. Seating is limited. Appropriate for ages 14 and up. Presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

  • St. John’s Visual Arts Program Geared up for exciting Spring in Campus Center Glassell Gallery

    Every Spring, the St. John’s Visual Arts Department invites a local Houston artist to take part in our annual Artist in Residence Program during the month of February. This year, we are hosting Guadalupe Hernandez, a Houston-based multidisciplinary artist who earned his MFA from Houston Baptist University in 2021. Hernandez was born in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, before relocating to Pleasanton, Texas, a small city south of San Antonio, in 1998. Despite moving to the United States, Hernandez maintained a deep connection to his Mexican heritage and customs through time-honored familial traditions. Hernandez’s practice examines his cultural identity by reinterpreting childhood memories and family stories connecting his past and offering greater meaning to his present. Through the use of photographic references accumulated over several years, retracing the markets, street scenes, and people of his homeland, Hernandez creates elaborate papel picado portraits and figurative oil paintings with gestural brushwork.
    Mr. Hernandez will spend a week in February conducting workshops with Lower, Middle, and Upper School art students in folk art traditions such as papel picado (cut paper art), Alebrijes (colorful, mystical animals), and pinatas to create a colorful magical forest immersive environment in the Glassell Gallery. Guadelupe’s work will also be on display in the gallery for the month of February. While on campus, Mr. Hernandez will also discuss his work and life with students in Spanish classes.
    The Artist in Residence Program introduces art students to the life and work of professional artists, allowing them to work and learn directly from their art and experience. It is one of the visual arts programs' most special events. Please step away from your busy day and visit the Campus Center Glassell Gallery to learn about the rich folk-art history of Mexico and be inspired by the creative minds of St. John’s art students.

  • Winter Piano Recitals

    Saturday, February 4, 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. Lowe Theater

    Our Winter Piano Recitals will feature piano students performing solo repertoire, duets, and concerti, presenting music from a wide array of stylistic periods. Each recital will showcase approximately 30 individual musicians from our program, ranging from students in classes K through 12 and Elementary to Advanced levels. The programs will feature all students enrolled in private instruction, as well as those in small classes and partner lessons. We look forward to welcoming first-time recitalists from our Beginner, Elementary, and Middle School classes to the stage!
    We extend a warm invitation to the SJS community to attend and support these students in the culmination of their hard work this semester. Contact Joanna Reeder for detailed information, including student performance lists for each of the three recital programs. Click here to read more about the SJS Piano Program and learn how your student can get involved. 

  • Middle School Pop Show: Be Our Guest

    Friday, February 10, 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
    Lowe Theater

    The Pop Show culminates a year of hard work by the Middle School treble choir, Cantatores. This year’s Pop Show, Be Our Guest, will feature the members of Cantatores and the Boy Choir. We invite you to "be our guest" as we take you through songs from Disney’s Stage and Screen. Cantatores will feature wonderful songs from films and musicals such as Lion KingZootopiaPrincess and the FrogMoana, and more!  We hope you will join us for this wonderful production!
    Brendan Emig and Megan Henry direct the Pop Show and have been working with Cantatores since the fall to find suitable songs. Students from Class 8 had the opportunity to suggest songs they wished to perform, and Mr. Emig found appropriate arrangements. Because the Pop Show is accompanied by a live band, Mr. Emig extracts instrumental parts if none are available. Scott Bonasso leads the Boy Choir. Mrs. Arouty and Ms. Wilson expertly choreographed the performance.
    There is no admission charge. DVDs of the performance may be purchased online at Jim Stamos Productions. You won’t want to miss this night of wonderful singing and dancing!

  • Upper School Choral-Orchestral Festival

    Thursday, February 16, 7:00 p.m.
    St. John the Divine

    All of our amazing Upper School ensembles are busily preparing for February’s magical festival of music, to which our entire community is warmly invited.
    Philharmonia will perform two movements of “Serenade for Strings” by Norman Leyden; Chamber Strings will play Alexander Borodin’s “Nocturne” and Joseph-Hector Fiocco’s “Allegro”; and the two orchestras will combine to play “Bossa Rojo” by Bert Ligon. 
    There are also some treats in store from SJS’s wonderful choirs: Les Chanteuses will perform “Sisi Ni Moja” by Jacob Narverud and “Dirait-on” by Morten Lauridsen. Chorale will present Franz Josef’s Haydn’s masterwork “Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo” (St. John’s Mass!) with a guest string septet and St. John’s own Aaron Hervey on the organ. Kantorei will perform Edward Elgar’s beloved motet “They Are at Rest” and the experimental “Miniyama Nayo” by Paul John Rudoi.
    Chorale and Chamber Strings will join forces to perform Ola Gjeilo’s “The Ground,” which is the excerpted last movement of his beautiful “Sunrise Mass.”
    And for the first time ever, Symphonic Winds will make an appearance at the festival! Under the direction of Nick Thomas, they will present “Foiled Again!” by Jack Wilds.
    All performers are working hard on this lofty repertoire; this is a treat not to be missed!

  • Middle School Winter Studio Play: An Absolutely True Story (As Told by a Bunch of Lying Liars)

    Thursday, February 16, 4:30 p.m.
    Friday, February 17, 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
    Black Box Theater

    St. John’s Middle School presents An Absolutely True Story (As Told by a Bunch of Lying Liars) by Ian McWethy. Someone is in enormous trouble for breaking the priceless heirloom vase in the Peterson living room. But who? Someone is lying. Well, probably everyone is pretty much lying. Each suspect's account is more outlandish than the last, from warring siblings Fred and Kelly, to their deeply weird friends Barney and Ava, to the family dog (according to the dog whisperer). But the truth? The truth is more slippery... and it may involve more Nutella than you could possibly imagine. Or not. Who knows!
    Featuring performances from Class 6 and 7 students Genevive Allen, Raja Ayyar, Ashna Bhagia, Eloise Carey, Jan Kai Castellon Fernandez, Sage Chilukuri, Kaylee Chung, Anoushka Dey, Barrett Dunahoe, Kiki Guo, Natasha Guo, Isabel Kalavar, Selah Kwan, Hadley May, Alexandria Moore, Zachery Moore, Talia Rosenblatt, Lucia Trachtenberg, Elliott David, Vihan Javle, Shelby Kuhl, Anya Patel, Ailey Takashima, and Toby Yip. 
    The production is directed by Brooke Wilson and stage managed by Upper School student Katherine Pearson. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online via credit card. Seating is general admission and the ticket cost is $13. As seating is very limited in the Black Box Theater, please consider purchasing your tickets in advance.

  • Nice Work If You Can Get It, Upper School Musical

    Music and Lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin, Book by Joe DePietro
    Inspired by Material by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse
    Friday and Saturday, March 3-4, 7:00 p.m. 
    Lowe Theater

    Dancing, singing, mistaken identity, and a love story to boot, the hilarious comedy, Nice Work If You Can Get It pokes fun at the Prohibition era in a clash of elegant socialites and boorish bootleggers, all set to the fabulous songs of George and Ira Gershwin. With enough twists to keep you on your toes and a score that will have you singing along, Nice Work is a hilarious farce sure to entertain audiences of all ages.  
    Highlights from the score include "Fascinating Rhythm," "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off," "Someone To Watch Over Me," "Sweet and Low Down," "Delishious" and the title song, “Nice Work If You Can Get It.”
    Featuring performances by Aditri Singhal, Adrian Castillo, Ainsley Connor, Amanda Frankfort, Andrew Christensen, Andrew Sorak, Ariana Lee, Arjun Singhal, Aspen Collins, Ava Steely, Caden Brandt, Caitlin Hunt, Caroline Cruz, Caroline Thompson, Caroline Walker, Claire Schwanauer, Creighton Garcia, Dayton Voorhees, Diane Guo, Elise DiPaolo, Eliza Dorros, Ella Piper Claffy, Elliana Faykus, Finley Watt, Finnian Owsley, Grace Rustay, Grady McMillin, Henry Chiao, Isabella Gidi, Jack Aitken, Jack Lovett, Jacob Green, Jay Love, Jonah Goodwine, Lauren Baker, Lex Langlais, Lexi Lang, Lillian Cykowski, Luciana Owsley, Maggie Henneman, Manning Muller, Matthew Lee, Nadiya Naehr, Nate Lawless, Patrick Tsang, Raka Agrawal, Rayna Kim, Reese Williams, Ryan Shen, Sasha Verzosa Mintz, Sonia Chilukuri, Sophie Denham, Sue Lyn Roberts, Talulah Monthy, Tycho Larsen, Virginia Carolyn Crawford, Vivian Kwoh and Stage Management by Drew Adams, Noelle Alexander, and Maggie Whelan.
    Tickets will go on sale February 22. Seating is reserved and tickets are $13. Look for more information coming soon.
    Nice Work If You Can Get It is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC. 

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