A Valentine’s Day concert in the heart of New York City—featuring student musicians from the D-E Upper School and St. Dominic’s College (London, UK)—was a major highlight of the School’s performing arts offerings earlier this year.
On February 14, the D-E Upper School (US) Orchestra, StringJam and US choral ensembles collaborated with the music ensembles of visiting St. Dominic’s College to perform in the famed Peter Norton Symphony Space at the corner of 95th and Broadway in Manhattan.
The audience swooned to the soaring sounds of Vivaldi’s Concerto for 2 Violins in A Minor; Copland’s “Fanfare for a Common Man”; and Bloch’s Concerto Grosso, performed by D-E Upper School musicians. St. Dominic’s students then performed lyrically percussive arrangements of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Somebody to Love.” The most memorable part of the program, however, was when the ensembles of both D-E and St. Dominic’s performed together Mozart’s Symphony 25 in G minor, Orff’s “O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana; and “Stand Together” by Jim Papoulis and arranged by D-E’s own Music Department faculty member and ensembles director Diego Garcia.
During his welcome remarks, Head of School Dr. Rodney V. De Jarnett presented each St. Dominic’s student and Principal Andrew Parkin with white D-E teddy bears, aptly embroidered with plaid hearts. In his words: “It is often stated that music can pull the world together. I could not agree more! Think about the many instrumentalists and vocalists who comprise tonight’s performance, and how diverse they are in how they produce sound. Each musician is wonderfully beautiful in their uniqueness and each can impress us by performing alone. But together, they overwhelm the senses with all that they can do!” Parkin’s words echoed those of Dr. De Jarnett: “The wonderful partnership that has emerged over the last few years between D-E and St. Dominic’s is an exciting one and, as a musician myself, I am thrilled that our music students and staff are able to further develop this by our visit to NYC.”