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Peyton Alie, Maggie Kobelski, Scarla Pan & Alexis Lefft photos By Emmie Avvakumova, Lucius Xuan & Maggie Kobelski    Thursday, May 23, 2013
The Theater and Dance Department’s first ever outdoor Spring Arts Festival was met with a large turnout at all four venues: the Great Lawn, the Theater Triangle, the Elson Art Center Courtyard and the steps of Samuel Phillips Hall. Steps of Samuel Phillips Hall A rhythmic arrangement of “It’s Time” by Imagine Dragons invited audience members to clap along as performers Alli Carcoana ’16, Olivia Xiong ’16, Lauren Luo ’16 and Sky Takyi ’16 amplified the song’s beats by stomping and...
Di Ouyang    Thursday, May 16, 2013
The Fidelio Society showcased a varied repertoire ranging from French folksongs to traditional Irish ballads at its concert last Sunday. “We really tried to select all kinds of different music from different years and different styles,” said concert director Christopher Walter, Instructor in Music. The group, consisting of 18 members, performed different songs in Italian, French and English from the 16th century to now. “I like the dissonance, that they have a lot of pieces. I...
Charlotte Berry    Thursday, May 16, 2013
Clad in black morph suits, navy blue sleeveless sweatshirts, white gloves and their signature white masks, the all-male student dance group Enigma took the stage last Saturday in their show titled “Love is in the Air.” Enigma is modeled after a dance group called the JabbaWockeeZ, which won the first season of “America’s Best Dance Crew.” Many of Enigma’s performances were originally choreographed by the JabbaWockeeZ. Led by Derek Yau ’15, Enigma includes Matt Alpert ’15, Nick DiAdamo ’15...
Emma Crowe    Thursday, May 16, 2013
Last weekend, dancers of all grades and styles came together at Dance Open, a student-choreographed show featuring a range of performances from ballet to step. Graham Johns ’14 and Madeleine Silva ’13 directed the event. This year’s Dance Open was more successful than last year’s, with increased attendance that completely packed Steinbach Theater on both Friday and Saturday. “We’re so glad we could find it, and that they had room for us,” said Phyllis Blum and Gordon Salganik,...
Alexis Lefft &di Ouyang    Thursday, May 16, 2013
The 24th annual Asian Arts Festival took Andover by storm on Saturday, May 4, with a food bazaar and talent and fashion show organized by Asian Society along with other cultural campus organizations. Aromas of crispy, deep-fried Filipino empanadas and juicy Korean beef galbi filled the George Washington Hall mailroom as Asian Society opened the doors for the annual Asian Arts Festival Food Bazaar. With homemade food cooked by the many Asian heritage clubs on campus, the bazaar...
Peyton Alie    Thursday, May 16, 2013
Bringing a passion for rhythm, poetry and social justice, Anthony Morales ’98 returned to campus for a spoken word poetry performance last Friday in Kemper Auditorium. Raised in the Bronx, NY, Morales is a Puerto Rican-American “Nuyorican” teacher and spoken word poet. He was featured on HBO’s spoken word poetry television series, Def Poetry. Many of Morales’ poems centered on the social issues of those from underprivileged backgrounds. Morales started his performance with a poem...
Josh Kim    Thursday, May 16, 2013
In a collaborative Senior recital, violinists Skanda Koppula ’13 and Eric Ouyang ’13 celebrated their music careers at Andover with a wide selection of violin pieces that complemented each other. Ouyang and Koppula, accompanied by Harvey Wu ’14 on the piano, alternately performed their solo pieces until the end of the program when they played in the classical duet “Double Violin Concerto” by J.S. Bach together. “We wanted our selection to encompass a diversity of styles and...
Josh Kim    Thursday, May 16, 2013
In a passionate end to his successful cello career at Andover, Sasha Scolnik-Brower ’13 performed his Senior Recital in the Timken Room of Graves Hall last Saturday night. Scolnik-Brower immediately hit his stride, launching into the first movement of Beethoven’s “A Major Cello Sonata.” His interpretation of Beethoven featured a powerful, moving theme which contrasted the delicate sound of the piano. Before moving on to “Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85,” composed by Edward Elgar,...
Emma Crowe    Thursday, May 16, 2013
Taking the stage with a wide vocal range and impressive technical skill, Ben Croen ’13 performed an eclectic repertoire of vocal pieces during his Senior Recital on May 5. Croen came to the stage with a selection of nine pieces, each of which he has collected over the past two or three years, he said. The songs included compositions by Vincenzo Bellini, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert and Gabriel Fauré. “The majority of my songs were in German,” said Croen after his performance...
Peyton Alie    Thursday, May 16, 2013
Student pianist Dak Song ’13 marked the end of his Andover piano career with a thrilling Senior Recital that featured a selection of highly-technical classical piano pieces. The performance began with Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 889.” Song contrasted quick, trilling notes in intricate layers with rapid crescendos. Song followed with “Piano Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op 31, No. 2” by Ludwig van Beethoven. Beginning slowly and contemplatively, the “Largo-Allegro...
Madeleine Mayhew    Thursday, May 2, 2013
William Thomas, Instructor and Chair in Music from 1975 to 1989 and Director of Performance from 1989 to 2008, passed away on Sunday at the age of 62. During his time at Andover, Thomas breathed life into the Andover Music Department, establishing various music programs such as the Gospel Choir and the Chamber Music program. “He was almost like a legendary figure in the way he created these programs all by himself. He raised the Music Department to the level it is now,” said Christopher...
Peyton Alie    Thursday, May 2, 2013
Combining the unique tonalities of their two instruments, cellist David Shin ’14 and pianist Harvey Wu ’14 chose a combined repertoire that featured masterpieces with contrasting musical qualities. The concert commenced with Shin and Wu’s duet of FranzSchubert’s “Sonata in A Minor for Arpeggione and Piano, D. 821: Allegro Moderato.” According to the program, the piece’s juxtaposition of classical context with emotional themes was inspired by Romantic literature. The piece sped up while...

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