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RJK music department's spring concert series schedule

May 8, 2017 

Robert J. Kaiser Middle School’s music department will produce their annual spring concert series this month.

• The RJK Middle School sixth-grade spring concert will be held Tuesday May 16, at 7 p.m. in the Monticello High School Arnold Packer Hughs Auditorium and will feature the chorus, string orchestra, and concert bands.

• The RJK Middle School seventh and eighth-grade spring concert will be held Wednesday May 17, at 7 p.m. in the Monticello High School Arnold Packer Hughs Auditorium and will feature the seventh and eighth-grade girls chorus, XY Chorus, string orchestra, concert band and jazz bands.

Admission is free and open to the public.
For more information visit the Monticello Performing Arts webpage at http://www.monticelloschools.net/music/index.cfm or our twitter https://twitter.com/mcsdmusic

The sixth-grade chorus (Directed by Amy Phillips) will be performing choral works by Brahms and Lightfoot as well as an American folk song and a Japanese folksong.

The sixth-grade concert band (Directed by Michael Mingo) will be performing Thunder Ridge by Mike Story, Scooby Doo Where Are You? Arranged by Paul Cook, Construction Zone by Robert Sheldon, and Return of the Dust Bunnies by Dan Adams.

R.J.K. Middle School's sixth-grade orchestra (Directed by Anthony Berman) will be performing a diverse program of classical music favorites. Selections include: "Ode to Joy" from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, an arrangement of traditional favorite "Simple Gifts," and debuting a new arrangement of John William's music from "Star Wars."

R.J.K. Middle School's seventh and eighth-grade orchestra (Directed by Anthony Berman) will be performing a diverse program, with music whose origins span three continents. Selections include: "Habanera" from Bizet's "Carmen Suite no.2," Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," and "Stressed Out," by Twenty-One Pilots.

The XY Chorus (Directed by Timothy Buckley) will be performing a traditional Zulu Folk Song "Aya Ngena" Arranged by Ruth Morris Gray, and the African-American Spiritual "Hold On!,” arranged by Earlene Rentz.
The seventh and eighth-grade girls chorus (Directed by Marissa Jurow and Accompanied by John Berstein) will perform "This Shall Be for Music" by Mary Lynn Lightfoot, "Al Shlosha D’Varim" by Allan Naplan (soloist: Rebecca Salerno) and "Can You Hear" by Jim Papoulis (soloists: Mariah Jacquet, Kyrah Straigis, Jesney Nunez-Santos, Kaitlyn McKelvey).

The seventh and eighth-grade concert band (Directed by Michael Mingo) will perform “Normal” by Larry Clark, “Vortex” by Robert Longfield, and “Canto” by W. Francis McBeth

The jazz band (Directed by Michael Mingo) will perform "In The Midnight Hour” by Wilson Pickett, "A String Of Pearls” Arranged by John Berry, "What A Wonderful World" Arranged Rick Stitzel, and "Oye Como Va” by Tito Puente.