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Performance Revues


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 by Gotye.

“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
Renu Mukherjee
Caitlin Kluchnik
Josh Lee
Ben Shirley
Ryan Miles
Nate Geremia
Lauren Zoppo
Coral Sabino
Isabel Hancock

Student Performers — Winter Concert
Tech Crew
Camilla Zhao
Claire Sheehan
Emma Crockett
Holly St. Cyr
Isabelle Hancock
Kenisha Ross
Nick Papantonis
Rachel Mills
Ricardo Kim
Yuyuan Liu

Bishops Bells
Andrew Kimball
Delaney Blatchly
Isabelle Quarrier
Jill Gerson
Jordan Katz
Jory Makin
Michael Sciascia
Molly Alvino
Natalie Palmer
Ren Robinson
Shannon Alvino
William Kimball
Songs performed: O Little Town of Bethlehem and Carol of the Bells

Alex Norgaisse
Audrey Webb
Caitlin Kluchnik
Chapelle Johnson
Danielle Arseneau
Emma Crocket
Emma Gordon
Grace Schylling
Isabelle Washkurak
Jinx Charman
Mary Alston Herres
Olivia Pearson
Quentin Parker
Rachel Mills
Sara Aboitiz
Sophie Hord
Suzanne Egertson
Zoe Gates
Songs performed: Thinking of You by Katy Perry and Silent Night (traditional)

Brookstones Jazz Band
Andrew Lee
Chandler Dunn
Christine Shin
Christopher Cervizzi
Dylan Rathbone
Geoffrey Fulgione
Jae Hyun Park
Jin Ahn
Joshua Jacobo, Jr.
Maylo Keller (faculty guest artist)
Molly Depew
Patrick Liu
Simon Chen
Songs performed: Cute by Hefti/Pemberton and Linus & Lucy by Vince Guaraldi

Chamber Ensemble
Alastair Hunt
Chun-hui Chang
Dane Kim
Danielle Arseneau
Erinn Lee
Jeffrey Shin
Lauren Zoppo
Nicholas Demsher
Ricardo Kim
Yi Lian Tang
Yifang Li
Yingchong Liu
Zoe Gates
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 Mozart

A Cappella
Andrew Lee
Andy Kim
Caitlin Kluchnik
Carolina Rosas
Coral Sabino
Emma Gordon
Olivia Pearson
Phil Chang;
Suzanne Egertson
Songs performed: Sh-Boom by The Chords; I Know a Young Maiden by Orlando DiLasso; Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye

Advanced Jazz Band
Ben Shirley
Brick Moltz (faculty guest artist)
Dane Kim
Maylo Keller (faculty guest artist)
Phil Chang
Ryan Kizielewicz
Songs performed: O Tannenbaum (traditional); Red Baron by Billy Cobham; Hey Pocky Way by The Meters