The music concert deemed “Mr. Corino’s Holiday Show” by Lincoln/Roosevelt Principal Chris Argenziano took place Thursday afternoon at the school. Students in the band, choir, and orchestra all had the chance to perform holiday music for their classmates in the second annual Winter Music Festival. Each performed the night before for their families in the annual Winter Concert at Roxbury High School.
Prior to the concert beginning, Argenziano took a moment to talk about the emergency drills the school holds each month. “Just think about it for a second, what if you had to get out of here?” He made a point of sharing that the auditorium was a unique location within the building as there were numerous evacuation points from the room and building itself, noting each of the exits. He also mentioned that if they had to stay in the auditorium in case of an emergency that all of the staff know how to lock all the doors while they awaited instruction. Fifth-grade teacher, Karl Corino quickly performed a demonstration to that effect.
Once the orchestra was ready to play, Argenziano turned the floor over to James Goodwin, the strings teacher at the school. Goodwin shared that these sixth-grade students would be performing Holy and the Ivy and Jingle Bells. The audience listed attentively while these students played their instruments and cheered them on at the end.
While the audience was waiting for the sixth-grade choir to take the stage, Argenziano extended his thanks to Corino for inspiring this student-led concert and to his class for setting up the chairs in the auditorium after a facilities mix up. He also thanked Roxie Benbow for returning to play festive music on the piano as the students came in the room. Benbow retired last year at the school’s guidance counselor. Fifth-grade students also saw a familiar face in Ellen Ng, the elementary music teacher from Nixon School, who stopped to assist in the piano playing for the choir as well.
The sixth-grade choir was led in by music teacher, Kate Katz. This 76 member choir is one of the largest the school has had. Argenizano noted that many of the choir students coming in were dropping off instruments on the stage before taking the risers. “You may notice many students going up on stage first, as many students do both the choir and band.”
He went on to say, “This concert is a great opportunity for you to see the different programs and classes offered here at Lincoln/Roosevelt School.”
Katz directed her choir through two of their three concert performance pieces, Candlelight Cannon and Biggest, Brightest Holiday Lights.
Katz not only directed the sixth-grade choir but she also directed the band. She explained that many of the instruments being played were new to the program, like the low brass, saxophone, and percussion sections. Those students too performed two of their three performance pieces, The Jessica and Sleigh Ride.
She made sure to mention that Sleigh Ride had some fun percussion and brass portions to create different sounds effects like horse hoofs, a whip, and even a horse neighing.
As the sixth-grade band concluded, Diana Stierli, the fifth-grade music teacher called up her choirs to perform. The Wednesday, Tuesday, and Friday 84-member choir performed two fun songs, Dealing with the Reindeer and Cold Snap. The audience was asked to participate in the last three songs performed by this choir. Those songs were Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Dashing Through the Snow.
Another concert followed for the sixth-grade students.
Videos of the concert can be found on the district’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/RoxburyPublicSchools/videos.
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