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As I See It - February 2018
I suppose that every teacher imagines that one day one of his own will rise above the common crowd of men and do something extraordinary. The teacher hopes that this might happen but he doesn’t anticipate it. Two weeks ago, I caught up with David Yazbek’sThe Band’s Visit, a musical now on Broadway about a touring Egyptian band stuck for a night in a tiny out-of-the-way Israeli village, for which David wrote the music and lyrics. In his review of the show theNew York Times’Ben Brantley wrote that it was "time to fall in love again with one of the most ravishing musicals you will ever be seduced by." Time, indeed. And on the way home I remembered, years ago now, Randy Schrade ('76) sitting with David ('75) very young but in the first and second chairs of the cello section leaning into their work, their eyes on Mr. Gauger’s baton. What did I think then when I saw them beyond the heart-full, hopeful promise of their industry?
The teacher hopes but does not anticipate. What an astonishment it is then to experience the musical flowering of a seriously pursued passion. In his review Brantley, perhaps at a loss for words, describes the experience of The Band’s Visit by quoting the lyricist David Yazbek himself: "Nothing is as beautiful as something you don’t expect."
Andrew Arias '92, a captain with the New York Police Department, came to the School on January 12, 2018. Mr. Arias spoke to a group of Upper School boys about his life at A-S through the present day. The article, first published in the Blue & Gold Alumni Newsletter, was written by Braden Queen '20, a member of the Upper School Newspaper elective group. Special thanks to Mr. Kersey, Mr. Keats, Ms. Sklow, and Mr. Fennelly and the boys in their elective groups.
On November 21, more than 30 alumni, current students, and faculty/staff participated in the first Alumni of Color gathering. The current students are members of BOCAS, a school affinity group for boys of color at Allen-Stevenson. The group is overseen by Jennifer Vermont-Davis, a faculty member who is also a member of the Community Life + Diversity team. The class years of the alumni and students ranged from 1976 through 2020.
Then continue the weekend with wine tastings, class parties, a Broadway show - and of course a visit to E. 78th Street!
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