AHS Music

One of the best things in the Arlington School system is the music program. From elementary school all the way through high school music is encouraged and taught with much care and passion. The culmination of this is the annual AHS Pops concert where all of the music groups at the High School perform in a three-hour spectacle showcasing all of the talent. The whole program is presented twice, once on Saturday night and then again on Sunday afternoon. We went today and enjoyed a program that featured these highlights:
– the Concert band doing Henry Mancini’s Drummers Delight and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with an amazing piano solo by a freshman.
– The Women’s Choir singing Dream a Little Dream
– The Honors Orchestra performing two original Tangos by music director Pasquale Tassone, who is retiring this year after decades of service
– The Madrigal Singers performing a moving rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah
– The Jazz band playing an absolutely rocking piece, Tank by Yoho Kanno as well as a Dizzy Gillespie piece and a rousing rendition of Sweet Georgia Brown
– The Mixed Chorus signing a number of tunes including Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In
– The String Orchestra playing a virtuoso piece, Blue Fire Fiddler
– And finally the Symphony Orchestra plus the Chorus performing Solemn Overture “1812” by Tchaikovsky. I heard the orchestra play this piece earlier this year but with the chorus of 80 or so voices it was really moving.
There were a few down points like the overall length of the program and the inclusion on a few too many songs of Jennifer Truesdale (she was good but it took away from the youth performances), an alum of AHS who has gone on to a career in singing. But overall it was great to see some of the youth that I know so well and so many others performing such great music with such confidence. A great afternoon of music and hopefully a great sign of the future for music in Arlingon.

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