Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Darien Schools Concert Calendar for December 2017!

Darien Schools Announce December Concert Schedule

The Darien Public School Music Department would like to announce their schedule of upcoming holiday winter concert programs for the month of December. The concerts will feature nearly 2,000 Band Chorus and Orchestra students performing in 10 concert programs throughout the district. There is no charge for any of the winter concerts. The schedule of concerts is as follows:

December 4       MMS Grade 6&7 Winter Chorus Concert                         6:30 p.m.             DHS 
December 4       MMS Grade 8 Chorus and Camerata Concert                   8:00 p.m.             DHS
December 5       Royle Holiday Concert                                                      9:15 a.m.              Royle 
December 6       MMS Grade 6, 7, 8 Orchestras Winter Concert                7:00 p.m.              DHS 
December 7       MMS Grade 6, 7, 8  Bands Winter Concert                      7:00 p.m.               DHS 
December 8       Hindley Holiday Concert                                                   9:30 a.m.              Hindley 
December 11     Tokeneke Holiday Concert                                                 9:30 a.m.             Tokeneke
December 12     Holmes Holiday Concert                                                    9:30 a.m.              Holmes 
December 13     Darien HS Holiday Spectrum Concert                               7:00 p.m.             DHS 
December 14     Ox Ridge Holiday Concert                                                  9:45 a.m.            Ox Ridge 

For more Music Department information go to: www.darienps.org/music or sign on to the Music Department Blog at: www.darienmusic.blogspot.com

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

DHS Band Students Perform at ASBDA Honors Band Festival!

On Monday, November 13, six of our Darien High School Band students performed at the annual ASBDA (American School band Directors Association) Connecticut High School Honors Band Festival held at Maloney High School in Meriden, CT. The festival featured students from 15 high schools from throughout the state in both a Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble conducted by guest conductors Michael Breaux from NYU, and Gerald Dolan of Gordon College.  Oboist, Alex Wang performed in the Wind Ensemble and performing in the Symphonic Band from Darien HS were: Audrey Hagen, bass clarinet, Veronica Mejias and Brooke Laird, trumpet, Madison Pomeroy, trombone and Jacob Won, clarinet. Jonathan Grauer is the Darien High School Band Director and ASBDA member.  Congratulations to all of our student musicians!

Pictured L-R: Audrey Hagan, Alex Wang, Veronica Mejias, Brooke Laird, Madison Pomeroy and Jacob Won.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

DHS Tudor Singers, Concert Choir and MMS Grade 8 Chorus Present Fall Concert!

The Darien High School Choruses directed by Christopher Andrade joined forces with the MMS Grade 8 Chorus, directed by Kimberly Sadler and Thomas O'Donnell to present an evening of  choral music on Wednesday, November 1. The concert featured each ensemble performing a varied repertoire of musical selections and concluded with approximately 230 students in a performance of  "Kalinka" a Russian traditional folk song. Pictured above, DHS student, Caeleigh O'Connor accompanies the combined choruses with her accordian to provide a more authentic Russian sound.

Hear the concert finale "Kalinka" at the link below

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