Guitar, Jazz, and Choral Ensembles Perform

In an especially musical week at Loomis Chaffee, the Guitar and Jazz ensembles and the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers presented winter concerts last week in Hubbard Performance Hall. 

The Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Band, and Jazz Improvisational Ensemble performed in a joint concert on Thursday, February 17. 

Directed by music teacher Jim Rickevicius, the Guitar Ensemble opened the concert with its rendition of the blues classic “The Thrill is Gone” by B. B. King, followed by “Sandu” by Clifford Brown and “Secret Agent Man” by P. F. Sloan and Steve Barrie.   

The Jazz Band and Jazz Improv Ensemble, both directed by music teacher Ken Fischer, The Jazz Band performed several energetic pieces, including “Blues Walk” by Clifford Brown, “The Chicken” by Pee Wee Ellis, and “Cantaloupe Island    

The Jazz Improv Ensemble rounded out the evening playing and “Black Orpheus” by Brazilian composer Luiz Bonfi, “Oleo” by Sonny Rollins, and “Caravan” by Duke Ellington.  The Jazz Improv Ensemble is also directed by Ken. to round out the evening.  

At the Winter Choral Concert on Sunday, February 20, the Chamber Singers opened the program with songs from a range of countries and cultures, including “Full Moonlight Dance” by Karen Beth, “Peace in the Valley” by Thomas A. Dorsey, and “Na Bahia Tem,” a Brazilian folksong arranged by Daniel Rufino Alfonso Jr.  

The Concert Choir concluded the performance with songs from Thailand, Kenya, Spain, Austria, and the United States. Selections included “Ave Verum Corpus” by Mozart; “Kwaheri,” a traditional Kenyan song; and “A Million Dreams” by B. Pasek and Justin Paul. Both choral groups are directed by music teacher and Performing Arts Department head Susan Chrzanowski. Melanie Guerin accompanied the singers on the piano.  

The Concert Choir and Chamber Singers were helped in their understanding and pronunciation of traditional songs in other language by classmates who are native speakers, Sue said.  

In addition to the in-person audiences, more than 200 Loomis Chaffee parents and friends from around the world watched livestreams of the concerts.  

Links to the recordings of the Winter Concert for the Guitar and Jazz Ensembles and the Winter Choral Concert are available to view online.