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Winter Concert 1 at South High--Dec. 8

South High School's Winter Concert 1 will be held on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m., in the school auditorium, 341 Lakeville Road. The concert is free and the entire community is warmly invited to attend. Instrumental groups performing will include: Jazz Band, String Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble. Vocal groups will include: Mixed Choir and Vocal Ensembles (A Cappella, Soul Sisters, and Soul Brothers).

The Jazz Band - will open the concert with: "Groove Merchant," "Let The Good Times Roll," "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You," and "Sabor de Cuba (Taste of Cuba)."
The Mixed Choir will follow with: "Kyrie" from Fauré's The Pavane, "When Rooks Fly Homeward," "They Can't Take That Away From Me," "What I Did for Love," and "Sleigh Ride."

The String Orchestra - will perform four pieces: "Pizzacato Polka," by Johann and Josef Strauss; "Contrapunctus I," from The Art of Fugue, by J. S. Bach; "Hungarian Dance No. 5," by Johannes Brahms; and Selections from Les Miserables, by Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schönberg.

The Symphony Orchestra - will play "The Barber of Seville Overture," by Gioacchino Rossini.

Next, three vocal ensembles - will perform. A Cappella will sing "It's Time"; Soul Sisters will perform "What Is Love"; and Soul Brothers will sing "When I Was Your Man."
The Wind Ensemble will close out the evening with: "Army of the Nile"; "The Old Matador"; "First Suite in Eb," by Gustav Holst; and "Suite from The Nutcracker," by Peter I. Tchaikovsky.

Winter Concert 1 will be under the direction of - Michael Schwartz, performing arts department head/instrumental teacher; Mark Boschen, concert band/instrumental teacher; and Dr. Pamela Levy, vocal music teacher. For further information regarding the Concert, please contact Mr. Schwartz at (516) 441-4851 or at


Improv at South High--Dec. 9


Theatre South's Improv Troupe will perform on Friday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m., at South High School, 341 Lakeville Rd. During the performance, students improvise and create characters and scenes based on ideas from the audience. The public is encouraged to attend Improv, always a popular event, to enjoy a spontaneous production by a talented cast. For tickets, please contact Thomas Marr, drama teacher/director, Theatre South, at (516) 441-4873. Improv troupe members include: Team Captains Jack Doremus and Nathan Vallejo, and Daniella Brancato, Lucas Cowen, Haylie Lempert, Julian Malater, Maggie Roach, Brian Volk, Benjamin Weber, and Sophie Williams.


NYS Honor Concert Band Winners

Ten Great Neck Public Schools students from North High School, South High School, and South Middle School have been accepted to perform in Honor Concert Bands at the New York State Band Directors Association (NYSBDA) Honor Concert Bands Conference. Three students were named Alternates. Honor Concert Band performances will be held in Syracuse, in early March 2017, and will be conducted by college wind-ensemble directors. Students were selected for the Honor Concert Bands by a statewide panel of NYSBDA music educators who evaluated recordings of student performances.

High School Honor Concert Band - Joshua Rothbaum (clarinet) has been selected from North High. He is a student of Joseph Rutkowski. Participating from South High School will be Ryan Cheng (bass clarinet), Christiana Claus (flute), and Noah Sheidlower (trumpet). Katelyn Chang (flute) was selected as an Alternate. These students are taught by Mark Boschen and Michael Schwartz, performing arts department head.
Middle School Honor Concert Band

South Middle School participants in the Middle School Honor Concert Band - will be Kuanghua Diana Chu (flute), Eli Goldberger (clarinet), Kathryn Lee (clarinet), Rini Lee (clarinet), Jason Li (French horn), and Grace Song (flute). Alternates are Chloe Chan (flute) and Ze'ev Vladimir (trombone). Their teacher is Alan Schwartz, music department head.


Noted Composer Visits South High


William Finn, composer of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, paid a surprise visit to South High School for the school's Saturday, Nov. 19 performance. Mr. Finn had high words of praise for the cast, crew, and orchestra. Thomas Marr, South High drama teacher, said of Mr. Finn's visit, "It was a pleasant surprise and his kind words were a testament not only to the hard work of the cast, crew, orchestra, and production staff, but also to the importance of arts education in our society."