Concert for a Summer’s Eve
Every year, as the school year draws to a close, a final concert is held to showcase the incredible musical and performing art talent that Brentwood possesses. The Concert for a Summer’s Eve is a highly anticipated event and this year was no different. There were two shows, open to both members of the school, as well as the public, and both were well attended.
The concert opened with a powerful performance of “Highlights from Lord of the Rings”. This well known music was played by our Strings Ensemble and Wind Ensemble combined, both directed by Mr Tristan Clausen, giving the piece a unique sound. Following that, the Wind Ensemble demonstrated its talent in “True North”, and after that, the Guitar Ensemble played. The String Ensemble then took the stage to perform a beautiful arrangement of the classic “Danny Boy”, as well as a fun version of a well-known piece called “Simple Gifts”. After the Strings, the dancers showcased their talent, in an inspirational dance to the music “Cavalier”. Next up were two very talented vocal soloists: Sasha L, Alex ‘20 singing “Don’t Dream It’s Over”, and Caitlin M, Hope ‘19 performing “Colours of the Wind”. The Advanced Rock Band closed the first act with two pieces.
After intermission, Master of Ceremonies Finn B, Whittall ‘18 introduced the Vocal Ensemble, which opened the second act with their three songs. The show’s two instrumental solos followed the choir. Ben R, Ellis ‘20 on piano and then Francis V, Ellis ‘18 on the violin both displayed incredible talent with their instruments. Two more vocal solos followed. First was an impressive performance of “Waving Through a Window” by Chloe O, Hope ‘19, followed by Emma M, Hope ‘19’s jazzy “Valerie”. Our award-winning Jazz Ensemble was next, followed by Hannah S, Alexandra ‘18 singing “Gravity”. After Hannah’s performance, “Almost A Capella” performed three songs. To close the show, part of the musical theater cast brought an energetic Mama Mia Medley to life on stage.
For most of the music groups, the show marked the end of a successful year in arts, however the String Ensemble and Wind Ensemble season was not over as they also performed the national anthem and a ceremonial procession at Graduation and Closing ceremonies on June 22nd.
Many Grade 12s were involved the in the show, and in their last time performing in a Brentwood concert, they certainly did the school proud. Congratulations to all the performers, and a huge thank you to Mr Phil Newns, Director of Music, Mrs Edna Widenmaier, Director of Arts, Mr Clausen, Ms Lorraine Blake, Mr Scott McGill and all the other instructors, and last but certainly not least, Mr Armitage and his Theater Production class for working so hard on the lighting and special effects that bring the show alive.
Sarah R, Mackenzie ‘20; Photo by Jim Ganley, Privett ‘34