Celebrating the arts

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Miss Danielle Gennaro directs the Les Grandes Cloches de Sacre Coeur performs "Hello" by Adele during the Spring Concert. Izzy Sio '16

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Creativity took center stage April 7 as the Convent of the Sacred Upper School held its annual Celebration of the Arts and Spring Concert. Sacred Heart students in visual arts, drama, photography, bells, Madrigals, and chorus showcased their artwork and talent during these two events.
The Celebration of the Arts took place in the morning and included PowerPoint presentations featuring the work of photography and visual arts students, performances from drama students, and the annual Spring Concert in the evening for choir and bells students.
The Upper School arts department, which includes Upper School Photography Teacher Ms. Kev Filmore, Upper School Art Teacher Mrs. Paula Westcott, and Middle and Upper School Drama Teacher Miss Michaela Gorman, plays a major role in organizing the event each year.
“Even though I see all the work throughout the year, I still feel a tremendous sense of pride when I see it projected on the theater screen and nicely framed and matted for exhibition,” Ms. Filmore said.
The entire Upper School gathered in the Lennie and John deCsepel Theatre from 8:20 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. to watch the art presentation. Additionally, student art and photography work had been displayed in the student art gallery.
“It’s always exciting when my work comes on the PowerPoint, and I love seeing people’s reactions to my work. I also love seeing all levels of photography’s work on the PowerPoint, as I am usually blown away by the level of technique that is shown in even the preliminary photo class,” AP 2D-Studio Art student Colleen DeConcini said.
Les Cloches du Sacré Cœur and Les Grandes Cloches du Sacré Cœur presented “Hello” by Adele and “Photograph” by Ed Sheeran respectively. Upper School Bell Choir Director Miss Danielle Gennaro directed the bell choirs.
Following the bells, the Upper School Chorus sang “Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift and the Madrigals performed “Shambala” by Three Dog Night and “Wake Me Up” by Avicii and Aloe Blacc.
Drama I and Drama II worked together to perform some Shakespeare selections from plays such as Much Ado About Nothing and Macbeth.
“My favorite part of Celebration of the Arts is how the whole school community joins in celebrating the artistic achievement of individuals,” Colleen said.
That same evening, the Madrigals, Chorus, A Ca-Bellas, Les Cloches du Sacré Cœur, and Les Grandes Cloches du Sacré Cœur all performed in the annual Spring Concert at 7:00 p.m. with the help of Upper School Music Director Miss Annette Etheridge.
“During the morning assembly and the Spring Concert, we have a specific time to pause and appreciate their creativity, their talent, and their dedication,” Miss Gorman said.
– Pau Barbosa, Staff Writer