The annual Knollwood School Spring Concert, featuring a selection of classical to rock music played by fourth- through eighth-grade vocal and instrumental musicians, was a hit, judging by the audience’s reaction.
The musical showcase, held on May 23 and 24, offered renditions of:
• A Mozart Melody, Skip to My Lou, Old MacDonald Had a Band, Hard Rock Blues, by the Beginning Band;
• English Note Medley, Ode to Joy, by the Beginning Orchestra;
• Here Comes the Sun, Marche Classique, by Small Ensembles;
• Banana Boat, Sakura, March Royale, by the Fifth Grade Band;
• Smells Like Teen Spirit, by the Chamber Orchestra;
• Air for Band, Defying Gravity (from the musical Wicked, by the Wind Ensemble;
• Lord of the Rings Medley, Star Wars, Secrets, by the Orchestra;
• Russian Sailor Dance, Canticum, Celebration, by the Symphonic Band;
• I Give You a Song, Make Good of Love, Stand by Us, Clap Your Hands and Sing! by the Glee Club;
• The Freeze, Edward Lee, Work Song, Mr. P.C., Frankenstein, You’re Still a Young Man, by Jazz Combos;
• Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, Brazil, Gonna Fly Now, by the Jazz Big Band.
Graduating eighth-grade musicians making their final appearance at the Knollwood School Spring Concert were: Andrew Appezzato (tenor saxophone), Aaron Bernstein (oboe), Caitlin Carr (baritone), Matthew Cruz (guitar), Nora Doonan (viola), Dominic Gasperini (clarinet/piano), Alec Gonzalez (flute), Colin Gray (French horn), Bobby Hoye (violin), Jack Nolan (tenor sax), Michael Paolantonio (alto saxophone), Bobby Steets (trumpet), and Amelia Thomson (oboe).
The student-musicians were directed by Knollwood Music Teachers Mel Chayette (orchestra), Karen Hauge (vocal) and Sara Marino (band).
— Edited press release from the Fair Haven School District