The Middle School (MS) Winter Arts Festival 2014 was presented on Sunday, December 14, in the Schenck Auditorium and the Klein Campus Center on the D-E campus. The Festival featured performances by all MS ensembles, including the Show Choir, Wind Ensemble, the Eighth Grade West African Drumming Ensemble, both Handbell Ensembles, the String Orchestra, and the Sixth Grade Chorus — singing the now-timeless “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman” from the hit movie Frozen. The Festival is a literal feast for the senses as it also featured exhibits displaying the artistic works of our Middle School students in a variety of media (including these striking line drawings and masks), plus a reception following the concert performance, hosted by the D-E Friends of the Arts (FOTA) Committee.
The Upper School (US) 2014-’15 Winter Arts Festival took place on Sunday, February 1, in Hajjar Auditorium and throughout the spaces of the Klein Campus Center. The event began with performances in Hajjar by the US Orchestra; Winds, Brass, & Percussion; String Orchestra; and StringJam ensembles. Attendees enjoyed works by both classical and contemporary composers including Holst, Mozart, and an adaptation of a composition by Astor Piazzolla from D-E’s own Diego Garcia. Next, the Guitar Ensemble performed in the lobby of Hajjar, where attendees enjoyed art on display.
Later on in the afternoon, the Hand Bells and Chorus performed in the Chorus Room, playing pieces from Michael Helman, Billy Joel, Kate Perry, and Imagine Dragons — to name an eclectic few — and were followed by the Guitar Ensemble, once again in the Hajjar Lobby. Then the Stage Band performed a set in Hajjar Auditorium, with jazz selections by (Dizzy) Gillespie (‘A Night in Tunisia’), Menza (‘Groovin Hard’), Cahn/Van Huesen (‘Come Fly with Me’) and more.
During the entire event, refreshments were provided by the D-E Parents’ Association Friends of the Arts (FOTA) in the Hajjar Lobby.