D-E students who are active in the arts have been busy this fall, producing exciting events both traditional and new. Lower Schoolers showed off their extensive talents in music, dance, stand-up comedy and more in the annual “D-E’s Got Talent” performance in Schenck Auditorium. All-School assemblies showcased student instrumentalists, vocalists, and poets from all three divisions, including School of Rock: The Musical cast member and D-E student standout Malachi Samedy ’22 on percussion. The annual Upper School CoffeeHouse brought solo and ensemble instrumentalists, spoken word artists, beat-boxers and other talents to a sold-out, super-caffeinated Hajjar Auditorium. Through a memorable dramatic performance entitled Wilder and Wilder, Upper School thespians affirmed the enduring impact of American playwright Thornton Wilder. Our Stage Band and A Capella ensembles wowed audiences with their annual Jazz Brunch Concert, featuring classic hits by Ellington, Mingus, and Rodgers & Hart, as well soulful tunes from contemporary artists OMI, Rihanna, and Kanye West. The Upper School Fall Ensemble Concert showcased the 50+ member Orchestra, as well as our StringJam, Winds, and Percussion ensembles, in stirring performances of Holst’s “The Planets”, Beethoven’s “Overture to Coriolanus”, Brahms’ “Hungarian Dance No. 1”, and an original composition by D-E Music Department teacher Kevin Norton, to name a few. And don’t forget to save the date for March 3, 2016, when our Upper School elite ensemble StringJam (pictured above) once again performs at Carnegie Hall.
For details and to view more photos from all performing and visual events on the D-E campus (and beyond), visit www.d-e.org/arts.