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Middle School Caps Year with Talent Show
Posted 06/08/2018 08:00AM

Middle School students sang, played music and performed dance pieces before a crowd of families and other community members at the spring Talent Showcase on Thursday, June 7 in the Claudia Boettcher Theatre.

The program featured a dozen solo, duo and group performances by students in all four Middle School grades. The show began with the MastersSingers' rousing performances of the Bruno Mars song "Count on Me" and the Beatles' song "Let it Be."

Alice Fuller and Ellie Hise joined together for an a cappella performance of "You're Welcome," a Lin-Manuel Miranda composition. Soon afterward, Carmine Russo performed Duke Ellington's "Second Line" on saxophone.

In a clever mashup, the sixth grade girls' B advisory group sang "Country Road" and then performed a well-choreographed dance piece to an audio recording of "Cotton-Eyed Joe." The dance number included energetic square dancing moves, somersaults and even a split.

Haakon Kohler and Noah Lin played "Old NYC" by Travis Sullivan— a Masters adjunct music teacher — on piano and saxophone.

Next on stage were Giselle Meskin and Hanna Schiciano, who sang Vance Joy's "Riptide." Alisa Beck then sang "America," by Paul Simon, with music teacher John-Alec Raubeson accompanying her on guitar.

Sophia Van Beek performed Chopin's "Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38" on piano. Later, Andrew Han performed "Romantic Pieces, No. 1, Op. 75," by Antonin Dvorak, on violin.

Grace Kotchen sang "Jar of Hearts" by Christina Perri. A little later, AJ Halpern sang "With You," a Stewart and Rubin composition.

Gisele Cestaro performed a dance piece based on her original choreography, and Matthew Van Wright took the stage to perform an original magic act featuring two card tricks.

Just before the finale, The Brunettes, a four-member band, performed Blondie's "Call Me."

For the finale, the entire Class of 2022 gathered on stage to sing Clean Bandit's "Rather Be," with a group of Middle School students providing backup on a variety of instruments.

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