Songs were sung in a multitude of languages including French, Korean, Chinese, English and Swahili during the two-day winter concert. Students now know that they can learn to sing in different languages and that celebrating another’s culture appropriately is to show appreciation and respect for said culture. Through this display of multi-national and cultural appreciation, we created a picture of harmony, peace and unity in THS and it’s wider community.
We are proud that all Prep and Primary students were a part of the winter concert and took on various roles. Some students took part in the 3D animated trailer production which opened each festival segment and told stories about different traditions and festive celebrations around the world including Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Diwali and New Year. These stories were memorable and students did a great job narrating and posting for the storyboard.
Grades 6 to 8 students performed a repertoire from the US, China, Europe and Africa. An African village drum circle was presented while the Middle School Choir students accompanied them with percussion instruments.
THS 6th Grade Band and the 7/8th Grade Band, also known as the Buccinator Symphony and the Cetacean Symphony respectively, performed extremely well with musicality and technique at the performance.
The Grade 6 Band usually rehearsed as two different classes, 6A and 6B and while practices together were limited due to scheduling, they nevertheless did an admirable job on concert day. During band class, the two groups rehearsed the same educational materials and musical compositions as independent performing ensembles as well as smaller lunch group rehearsals. These classes were brought together as one large ensemble several times shortly before their performance at the winter concert. The 6th Grade ensemble performed sections entitled “Hot Crossed Buns” and “Jingle”.
The 7/8 Grade Band demonstrated their level of abilities by performing the musical compositions of “Beijing Folk Song”, “La Bendicion Seis” and “Altitude”. This group rehearses weekly as a large ensemble as well as daily extra practices in smaller groups during lunch periods.
These two different groups came together in the finale song performance of “Light a Candle for Peace” with the 6th Grade class performing vocally with the other graded groups in their concert and the 7/8 Grade ensemble performing an instrumental accompaniment arrangement in their particular concert.
The bands will now focus on expanding on their acquired music skills and knowledge as well as beginning preparations towards advanced performances in the spring term.
We would like to extend our congratulations to all band students for a job well done and to keep up the good work.
Thank you THS and TCI students, parents and teachers who worked collaboratively and creatively in the run up to and during the concert to engage students in music-making and sharing. We hope you enjoyed the two evenings’ showcase and the message of peace and harmony against this rich and very diverse tapestry of cultures across the world.