Welcome to the Headmaster's Blog where you'll find updates, thoughts, and events regarding Saint David's School, the education of boys, and other items of interest. This is by no means meant to be a complete account of all that happens at Saint David's. Please refer to the school's website for more complete details -- it's more a Headmaster's musings.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Spring Morning Concert

Last week's spring concert featured a diverse and impressive program by Saint David's Philharmonic Ensemble, The Percussion Ensemble, and Chamber Singers. The Philharmonic Ensemble boys, conducted by Philip Hough, opened with "Le Rejouissance" (Handel) and "Slavonic Dance Op. 45, no 9" (Dvorak).

The Percussion Ensemble, under John Francis's direction, was up next with two Bach pieces: "Musette from English Suite No. 3" and "Bouree in E minor."  (Bach himself, or rather a Bach-impersonating Tom Ryan visited to prompt the boys to perform a "livelier" encore.)  This was followed by 21 Pilots' "Heathens", arranged with talent and skill by eighth grader Andrew D.

Phyllis Clark's Chamber Singers began with "Fa Una Canzone" (Vecchi) and "Good Life" (One Republic) featuring soloists Cole K. and William R.  Our school's new a cappella group performed "For the Longest Time " (Joel), led by Julian C.  "Who is Sylvia" (Harris) with solo ensemble Owen C., Davis H., Oliver M., Emmet O., and Peter R. followed; and the concert closed with "Chichester Psalms Movement #2" (Bernstein), featuring soloists Davis C., Teddy P. and John S. (trumpet).

Our appreciation to all of the boys' music teachers and coaches for their guidance and care throughout the year. The boys' performances were spectacular, and clearly demonstrated the time and effort they have put into their music, as well as a wealth of talent. The special place that music holds in our program of studies demonstrates Saint David's continued commitment to the classical tradition of balance and the aesthetic.

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