Sounds of Spring Mark a Year of Hard Work

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The sterling sound of well-rehearsed young musicians filled the auditorium at the high school during back-to-back spring concerts on May 27 and 28, to the delight of an enthusiastic audience of parents, family and friends. The performances provided an admirable benchmark for a year of hard work for the students.

On the second night, the chamber orchestra and director Kathryn Attard began the festivities with a rousing rendition of the first movement of Bach’s fifth Brandenburg Concerto, featuring Kalvin Guyer on violin, Aaron Zhang on harpsichord and Megan Zhang on flute. On Mascagni’s “Intermezzo Sinfonico,” Artist in residence Brad Bosenbeck shined on organ and Susan Mann on harp. Bosenbeck and fellow percussionists Alyssa Saldano and Kailey Tenn were featured on Balmages’ “Lyric Metal.”

Next up were the wind ensemble, led by director Jerry Cannarozzo, impressing the crowd with dramatic pieces such as Rossano Gallante’s “Beyond the Horizon” and Steven Reineke’s “Fate of the Gods.” before closing with a take on James Bond soundtracks.

“These spring concerts were the culmination of a school year’s worth of rehearsal and practice,” said Cannarozzo. “I was extremely proud of the students’ performance and the concert was well received.”

The school’s chorus, directed by Catherine Lubrano, sang several stirring numbers such as Lady Jane Scott’s “Annie Laurie” and Marta Keen’s “Homeward Bound.” The select choir came to the fore on a stunning rendition of Eric William Barnum’s “The Sounding Sea.” The seniors in the chorus were joined by members of the senior guitar ensemble for the closing “Hold Onto the Memories,” by Corey Tynan.

“It was an extremely beautiful concert,” said Lubrano. “The chorus produced an unbelievable sound, and I couldn’t be happier with the performance.”

The night also marked the final concert season for Dr. Jeff S. Dailey, the district’s director of fine and performing arts, who is retiring.

“The performances at this year’s spring concerts in all the buildings were exceptional,” said Dailey. “I leave Deer Park knowing that the music program is strong, and trust the community will continue to support music education in the district, well into the future.”