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Four student groups to perform at island school concert

By Staff | Nov 13, 2019

The Sanibel School is set for its Fall Music Showcase and the community is invited to attend.

Themed “Music Around the World,” this year’s annual concert will be held on Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the cafetorium, featuring the Steel Drum Band, Elementary Choir, Orff Club and Seahorse Chorale.

“We began doing our Fall Music Showcase about five years ago,” Music Department Director Joey Giangreco said. “We showcase all of our music ensembles that we have at The Sanibel School during that particular semester.”

As for this year’s theme, he explained that he has always been fascinated with world music.

“I love listening to and performing music from around the world,” Giangreco said. “I think it’s a lot of fun and a great experience for the kids to be exposed to music from different cultures.”

During the concert, the audience will take a musical journey around the world.

“At least one song is from every continent,” he said.

“We’ll also be doing music from home here in America,” Giangreco added. “So there’ll be some familiar music, as well, as part of the program.”

The Steel Drum Band will open the performance with “Jump in the Line,” a piece made popular by Harry Belafonte that falls under Caribbean music. Influenced from Calypso music, “Hammock Holiday” is up next, followed by a classic European holiday song, “Carol of the Bells.” Another piece from Europe made popular by Queen, “Another One Bites The Dust,” will be performed afterward, with the classic American favorite “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” – the annual selection – the last one.

“That’s the traditional song we do every year with the students,” he said.

The Elementary Choir will take the stage next with its first selection, the Japanese folk song “Hitori,” and the Orff Club will accompany on the xylophone and percussion instruments. “Give Love” will follow, which is based on the American song “Down By The Riverside.” The original came from the American Civil War period and talked about hate and fighting, while the version the students will sing has a new melody that says to love and respect one another.

Made popular by the Beetles and stemming from Europe, “All You Need Is Love” is the third song from the Elementary Choir. It will feature three vocal soloists, as well as the students performing part of the piece on kazoos. “Believer,” made popular by today’s Imagine Dragons, will wrap up the set.

“It was requested by the Elementary Choir,” Giangreco said. “It was a song they wanted.”

The third act to perform will be the Orff Club members.

“In the Orff Club, we experiment with making music through various ways – singing, instruments and movements,” he said. “So, that’s kind of what the club will be presenting during this performance.”

First up will be the African folk song “Sansa Kroma,” and the students will perform on xylophones, metallophones and drums, plus sing. “Three Can Play,” which draws its influence from African drumming but is not specifically an African piece, will follow. The next will be a combination of two songs – “Oo A Lay Lay” and “Kookaburra” – which hail from the continent regions of Oceania and Australia and are Polynesian and Australian, respectively. The students will sing and play ukeleles.

The final selection for the Orff Club will be “Semper Fidelis.”

“It’s American patriotic pieces performed on KidStix stations,” Giangreco said, adding that it will incorporate the use of traditional and nontraditional instruments.

The Seahorse Chorale, the middle-school group, will perform the last set.

It will kick it all off with “Ching-a-Ring Chaw,” an American folk song made popular by American composer Aaron Copland that will also incorporate “In That Great Gettin’ Up Morning.” A song chosen by the students, “Shallow” – best known from Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in the movie “A Star Is Born” – is next. “O Hanukah,” based on the traditional piece but from the Middle East, will follow.

Titled “Tres Cantos Nativos,” the next song is a mix of three Brazilian folk songs from the continent of South America which are tribal songs that would be heard in the Amazon rainforest. The final piece the middle-schoolers will sing is “Si Si Ni Moja,” which draws influences from African music and culture.

The showcase will conclude with a grand finale combining all of the ensembles.

“We’ll be performing ‘What a Wonderful World,'” he said.

“It kind of wraps up the theme of tying all of our music together,” Giangreco added.

Tickets are $5 for adults, and students are free.

“We welcome all community members, parents, anybody who would like to come out and see the show,” he said. “It’s going to be a show that incorporates a large variety of music, genres and cultures.”

Giangreco noted that the students have been working hard to prepare.

“It’ll be a great showcase of our students and the talent that they possess,” he said.

“It’s sure to be a great performance,” Giangreco added.

During the concert, the concession stand will sell food and drinks. The funds raised from the Fall Music Showcase – both ticket and concession sales – will support the school’s Music Department.

For more information, contact 239-472-1617 or josephag@leeschools.net.

The Sanibel School is at 3840 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel.