A Brentwood-Style Concert for a Winter’s Eve!

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - By: Areeb S, Rogers ‘20; Photo by Jim Ganley

At Brentwood, art is a platform used to promote expression, creativity and teamwork. Over the past term, fine art students worked diligently preparing for our annual Concert for a Winter’s Eve on December 5th & 6th. The show was judged by many audience members as possibly the best show for many years. It featured singing and bands as they worked collaboratively with each other to provide a spectacle of music for the audience. Along with the breath-taking performances that left audiences in awe, it is imperative to mention the Food Bank drive that was set up to collect donations of non-perishable food for those is need in the community.

Our entertaining Masters of Ceremony, Ben R, Ellis ‘20 and Amelia H, Allard ‘20 made the show an amazing experience adding their Brentwood edition of “The Night Before Christmas”. Our first act included the dance choreography class which elegantly performed to “I Found”. We then had amazing performances from Ben who performed “Hungarian Dance” with Jonah M,Whittall ‘23. After the spectacular performance by this piano and violin duet, Rohan A, Privett ‘21 performed a difficult piano piece playing each note with proper posture and composure.

The Guitar Ensemble and Strings Ensemble performed their pieces led by Mr McGill & Mr Clausen. After a few solo performances and the Vocal Ensemble, the show proceeded to intermission.

After intermission, the Wind Ensemble enlightened the stage with their festive pieces “Klezmer Christmas” and “Noelle Noelle”. Kalem S, Rogers ‘21 claimed “This was the best performance I have played in at the school.” From personal experience - I am three year member of the Wind Ensemble - I can state that playing as a part of a band and performing in concerts like this has allowed me to find a balance at Brentwood and enrich my mind and soul through music and teamwork.

Off stage, before playing, the Wind Ensemble and String Ensemble members linked hands in a circle wishing the Grade 12s farewell to their last Winter concert and reflecting on our ideas and collective thoughts before we performed. It is moments like these that define the journey we have taken together as a band.

The last few performances included Jazz Ensemble and the Rock Band followed by solo artists who nailed their performances consistently on both nights.

This concert was the first for those who joined Brentwood this year and marked the last Winter concert for Grade 12s who will be leaving in the spring It is safe to conclude that the journey in preparing for this concert has allowed individuals from all ages in the band to connect and share a collective experience for the sake of the concert. Arts in Brentwood allow students to excel in areas outside of the academic life and cherish these moments as they begin their artistic journey beyond Brentwood and for the rest of their lives.

Areeb S, Rogers ‘20

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