Annual Arts Weekend Brings Inspiration & Energy to St. Andrew's Family
Liz Torrey

From May 10-12, St. Andrew's welcomed families, alumni and friends to campus to celebrate the School's annual Arts Weekend. This three-day festival of the performing and visual arts showcases student creative work across all artistic disciplines taught at St. Andrew's—dance, theatre, instrumental and choral music, film studies, creative writing, drawing, painting, ceramics, and photography—while also giving families the opportunity to convene on campus and celebrate Mother's Day together.

"Arts Weekend at St. Andrew's this spring provided so much inspiration, energy, and courage for the work we all aspire to do within the country and the world," said Head of School Tad Roach. "For a school that seeks to affirm and rescue human dignity, integrity, inclusion, intelligence, kindness, and peace, the weekend gave our students the opportunity to express their vision for a more hopeful, responsible, and united future."

We kicked off Arts Weekend 2019 on Friday evening with a student art show in the Warner Gallery, and a School Orchestra performance in Engelhard Hall, conducted by instrumental music teacher Fred Geiersbach, which you can watch on our Livestream channel.

On Saturday morning, Head of School Tad Roach welcomed families with a talk in Engelhard Hall, after which families were invited to attend a reading of selected works from The Andrean, the school's literary journal, which also includes original works of student art. Andrean readers included Riley Baker ’21, Ellie Beams ’21, Logan Brown ’19, Messiah DeSisso ’20, and Iris Hwang ’20. You can read this year's edition of The Andrean on our Issuu page

Following The Andrean reading, the Noxontones, the School's a cappella group, performed a selection of pop songs in Engelhard Hall. Soloists included Mia Beams ’19 singing "Perfect" by Pink, Austin Brannan ’19 singing "Him" by Sam Smith, Liam O'Connell ’19 singing his own arrangement of "Experimental Film" by They Might Be Giants, Althea Clarke ’19 singing "Stone Cold" by Demi Lovato, Theo Jaffe ’19 singing "Happy Together" by The Turtles, Thomas Cunningham ’19 singing "Take Me Home, Country Roads" by John Denver, Wilder Berl ’19 singing "Some Nights" by FUN, and Sofie Neil ’19 singing "Fallingwater" by Noxontones alum Maggie Rogers ’12. Watch the entire performance on our Livestream channel or enjoy highlights in our Instagram Stories.

That evening, events began with a screening of student films written, directed and produced over the course of the school year by Film Studies students. Following the student film screening, St. Andrew's Jazz Ensemble, also directed by Fred Geiersbach, took to the Engelhard stage. Musicians performed a program of jazz standards and Latin music, with a particularly stunning solo of "Body and Soul" played by Alex Qian ’19 on the alto saxophone. You can watch the Jazz Ensemble performance on our Livestream channel.

Later on Saturday evening, the St. Andrew's Theatre Program mounted a production of Sense & Sensibility, adapted by Kate Hamill from the novel of the same name by Jane Austen. Featuring Cristle Ike ’19, Lila Feldmann ’20, Austin Brannan ’19, and Davis Scott ’19 in lead roles, the ensemble cast had the audiences in stitches. You can see behind-the-scenes photos of the production on the Forbes Theatre Instagram account.

On Sunday morning, families gathered in the duPont Memorial Chapel for an Episcopal service. The homily was delivered by Lois Kim P’19,’22. Following Chapel, we closed out the weekend with outstanding performances by the School's choir and dance students in Engelhard Hall. The SAS Dance Company showcased works of student choreography, then put on an original full-length ballet of Alice in Wonderland; you can watch the entire performance on our Livestream channel. The Andrean Ensemble then performed a program titled "At the Movies," which consisted of eight songs from movie soundtracks. You can also watch the choral performances on our Livestream channel.

Follow happenings from St. Andrew's arts program on Instagram @life.in.obrien!

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