Enthusiasm and Growing Skills on Display at JFK Winter Concert

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Music was in the air all day long on Jan. 21 at Deer Park’s John F. Kennedy Intermediate School, as young student-musicians presented a winter concert to their schoolmates in the morning, then returned in the evening to perform in front of an audience of proud parents, friends and family.

Under the direction of Kathryn Attard, the school’s orchestra performed four selections including “Bile Em Cabbage,” “Rigadoon,” “Gaelic Castle” and “Winston Hoe Down.”

“My students had an amazing winter concert and are becoming wonderful young musicians,” said Attard.

Directed by Kristen Lombardo and accompanied by pianist Catherine Mahler, JFK’s chorus students shined, with the third-graders offering “Ala! Kumbe!,” “Each One Special” and “Seven Feet of Snow,” and the fourth- and fifth-grade chorus performing “Changamano,” “Why We Sing” and “Frosty Hand Jive.”

“It is with great pleasure that I get to work with such talented groups here in Deer Park,” said Lombardo. “We had a fantastic concert and both ensembles were so enthusiastic and truly showed a passion for singing.”

Closing out the program were director Louis Nicolosi and the advanced band, performing “Old MacDonald Had a Band,” “Frere Jacques,” “Aura Lee” and the “Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

“It's been a real pleasure working with my students since September,” said Nicolosi. “I was very pleased with my group’s performance. Even though they never lacked enthusiasm and interest at the beginning of the school year, I couldn’t be more proud of their outstanding growth as young musicians since then. I look forward to their continued success as we now redirect our focus and begin preparing for a more challenging concert program in the spring.”