Winter Choral Concert Highlights Global Music

On Tuesday, January 29, the Middle School and Upper School Choruses, directed by Head of the Music Department Michelle Demko, took the audience on a trip around the world.
Singing in the beautiful Unitarian Church of All Souls made the evening that much more special. The Middle School Chorus performed numbers such as the West African Folk Song “Kye Kye Kule,” the Palestinian Folk Song “Tumba, Tumba,” and “De Colores” sung in Spanish, while the Upper School Chorus sang melodic renditions of American classics such as “Over the Rainbow” and “Blue Skies.” Michelle Demko said that she chose these selected pieces because “they spoke to me. They were all easily accessible for the boys and there is so much great music from many different cultures. Part of my job as an educator is to expose the boys to these different types of music.” Audience members were even invited to sing along to many of the songs, sparking a sense of community and togetherness.
 
The selection of music was a reminder of just how much music can bring various cultures together through song. As Headmaster David Trower remarked that evening, “music brings us together,” and that it did!
 
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