Student talents were on display late last week, as the school’s musical groups performed holiday favorites and some new non-holiday song choices at the annual Winter Concert, and student poets took their turn at the mic during Room X Presents: An Evening of Poetry and Prose.
At the Winter Concert, each group performed two or three songs to an audience of classmates, parents and faculty in the auditorium. The groups are a mix of new-to-the-stage performers and seasoned veterans of Brooks music and theater scene.
For Jory Makin ’13, being part of the Bishops Bells handbell choir is totally different than his usual activities, like playing on the boys 1st soccer team.
“I picked up bells junior year in an effort to branch out,” said Makin, whose favorite song to performs is Carol of the Bells
because he has the last note in the song.
Audrey Webb has been singing as long as she can remember and has been taking lessons for the past two years. She’s a member of the Serendipities all-female a cappella group.
“I sing because it’s amazing to me what I can do with my voice; all it takes is a big breath and a boost of confidence to start singing,” said Webb, who notes her dream-duet would be something with Christina Aguilera.
Emma Gordon plays piano and guitar, but in the Winter Concert, she was singing with the co-ed a cappella group and as student head of the Serendipities.
Her musical interests have typically been pop songs, but she’s recently learned to love music theater tunes.
“I love the challenge of taking on a big show-stopper or the song that should be a dynamic conversation but is put to music. I’ll even take on a guy’s song if it’s the best in the show.”
She said her favorite song to do in the Winter Concert was Somebody I Used to Know
“I loved getting to arrange it and add our own spin on the popular song,” said Gordon. “It was a lot of fun to put together, and I was equally as excited to perform it for the first time in front of the school audience.”
The night before, in Room X, a small group of students gathered to read poetry — either pieces they wrote, or pieces written by others that they found inspiring.
The night was organized by Coral Sabino ’13, who shared her own piece that she had written. It was called Dig
and she included it as part of a college application supplement, where the question was: Describe one thing you would change about your community.
“There’s a power in the spoken word,” she told the audience members, noting that spoken stories are older than written ones in book or other publications. “The fact that we’re still sharing” instead of spending time on the Internet is impressive to her.
Renu Mukherjee ’15 read her won work, and said she wanted to shared them because of the impact that had on her as a writer.
“I was inspired to write them from personal experiences, and I wanted to share those experiences with others. I think sharing each other's stories is a good way to bring people together, and that was what I wanted to do,” she said.
Ben Shirley ’13, who has performed in numerous concerts at Brooks as a musician, wanted to be part of a different kind of performance.
“I was inspired to write my poem by considering my own growth and development,” said Ben. “I wanted to read it to be a part of the experience and atmosphere there in Room X. It's very cool.”
Student Performers — Room X
Isabel HancockStudent Performers — Winter Concert Tech Crew
Holly St. Cyr
Yuyuan LiuBishops Bells
Songs performed: O Little Town of Bethlehem
and Carol of the BellsSerendipities
Mary Alston Herres
Songs performed: Thinking of You
by Katy Perry and Silent Night
(traditional)Brookstones Jazz Band
Jae Hyun Park
Joshua Jacobo, Jr.
Maylo Keller (faculty guest artist)
Songs performed: Cute
by Hefti/Pemberton and Linus & Lucy
by Vince GuaraldiChamber Ensemble
Yi Lian Tang
Songs performed: German Dance No. 3, Sleigh Ride, K 605
by Mozart; Christmas Time is Here
by Vince Guaraldi; excerpts from Symphony No. 25 K183
by MozartA Cappella
Songs performed: Sh-Boom
by The Chords; I Know a Young Maiden
by Orlando DiLasso; Somebody That I Used To Know
by GotyeAdvanced Jazz Band
Brick Moltz (faculty guest artist)
Maylo Keller (faculty guest artist)
Songs performed: O Tannenbaum
(traditional); Red Baron
by Billy Cobham; Hey Pocky Way
by The Meters