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Artfest at North High--May 15-24

North High School's annual Artfest, a celebration of the school's fine and performing arts, will be held over four days and three evenings, between May 15-24. All events take place at the school, 35 Polo Rd. Event descriptions, dates, and times follow. All events are free and the public is warmly welcomed to attend.

Art Exhibit - The Artfest Exhibit Opening Night Reception will be at 6 p.m., on Thursday, May 18, just prior to the Artfest Concert. The Exhibit will also be open during school hours (8 a.m.-2 p.m.) May 19-24. The Exhibit is the culminating display of student work from all fine art classes including: Advanced Placement and Advanced Art, Architecture, Digital Design, Digital Photography, Fashion, Sculpture and Ceramics, and Studio Art. The artwork on display reflects the students' talent and commitment, as well as their joy in expressing themselves. Art teachers are: Joseph Giacalone (lead teacher), Christine Hakanjin, Linda Haase Kane, and Emily Man.

Concerto Concert - The Concerto Concert, begins at 7:30 p.m., on Monday, May 15. The Chamber Symphony will perform works by Bach, Chopin, Debussy, de Sarasate, Hoffmeister, Grieg, Lalo, Mozart, Sibelius, and Telemann. Featured student soloists will be: Sherzod Bakhtiyorov (violin), Rachel Berkower (piano), Lauren Goldsamt (violin), Man Shan Hon (flute), Michelle Lalehzar (viola), Zachary Lee (flute and piano), Ronald Li (violin), Maya Mualem ((oboe), Sofia Notar-Francesco (viola), Scott Rothbaum (clarinet), Ethan Shaktman (clarinet), and Matthew Weinstein (violin). Students will be under the direction of Joseph Rutkowski, instrumental music teacher.

Artfest Concert - The Artfest Concert, on Thursday, May 18, begins at 7:15 p.m., with music by the Chamber and Jazz Ensembles. The Concert theme is: "Music from the New World." Featured will be the Chorus, Symphonic Band, and Symphony Orchestra. The Chorus will perform "Bridge Over Troubled Water," Sofia Notar-Francesco, student conductor; selections from West Side Story, Zachary Lee, student conductor; "City of Stars," from La La Land; and a medley from Guys and Dolls. The Symphonic Band will perform "Night of the Tropics," "A Touch of Cohan," "A Tribute to Duke Ellington," and "Satchmo!" The Symphony Orchestra will perform pieces by Barber, Berlin, Bernstein, Copland, Gershwin, Hovhaness, and an original work by student Zachary Lee. The evening will end with a rousing rendition of Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever, performed jointly by the Chorus and Symphony Orchestra. Vocal students will be under the direction of Dr. Janine Robinson. Instrumental students will be under the direction of Mr. Rutkowski.

Improv - New this year, as a part of Artfest, will be Improv, on Monday, May 22, at 7:30 p.m. This performance replaces the previous Artfest Repertory Theater performance. A description of Improv will follow in next week's editions.

For more information - on Artfest, please contact Neil Saggerson, North High fine and performing arts department head, at


South Middle Concerts & Art Show--May 15-19

The South Middle School Music Department is proud to present its Spring Concerts on Monday, May 15, and Wednesday, May 17, both evenings starting at 7:30 p.m. The Art Department will present its Spring Art Show the week of May 15. All events will be held at the school, 349 Lakeville Road.

Spring Concerts - The May 15 Concert will feature Orange Senior Orchestra, Chorus 7/8, Band 7, and Band 8. Classical selections performed will feature music by Bach, Holsinger, and Saucedo. Popular works by Stevie Wonder and music from Grease!, Hamilton, and The Sound of Music will also be heard. The May 17 Concert will feature Blue Senior Orchestra, Orchestra 6, 6th-Grade Treble Chorus, and Band 6. Classical selections will feature music by Bach, Mozart, and Bobrowitz. Popular works by the Jackson 5, Justin Timberlake, and music from Aladdin and Lion King will also be performed. As always, the Concerts are free and the brief programs (about an hour) offer perfect opportunities to introduce children from pre-K through grade 5 to the music they may very well perform in the future. Instrumental students are taught by Department Head Alan Schwartz and Mark Boschen. Choral students are taught by Shelley Willcox.

Spring Art Show - The Art Show will be on display in the school lobby the week of May 15. Concertgoers can enjoy the exhibit at performances on May 15 and 17. The Show will also be available during the school day, from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Featured will be the work of the eighth-grade Art Foundations classes, as well as a variety of drawings, paintings, prints, collages, and ceramics. South Middle's art teachers are: Department Head Cynthia Smith, Geoffrey Mead, and Karla Krupala.


North Middle Art Show & Concert--May 17-19

North Middle School's Seventh and Eighth Grade Spring Instrumental and Choral Concert and Art Show will take place on Wednesday, May 17, at the school, 77 Polo Rd.

Art Exhibit - The Annual Spring Art Exhibit Opening Reception will be held in the auditorium lobby, beginning at 7 p.m., prior to the Concert. In addition, the Art Exhibit may be viewed on Thursday, May 18, and Friday, May 19, during school hours, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. The Art Exhibit will showcase works from the school's varied courses, with a focus on the works created in the most advanced classes: Art Foundations (Art 9) and Studio Art 8. Art teachers are Elaine Brendel, department head, Keith Crowley, Kristin Kirleis, and Sherry Teich.

Concert - The theme for the Concert is a "Night of Broadway," featuring music from hit Broadway shows. The Concert, held in the Daniel J. Tomaselli Auditorium, will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Band will perform selections from Aladdin and The Lion King. The Chorus will perform "Seize the Day," from Newsies; "For Good," from Wicked; and selections from Finding Neverland. The Orchestra will perform songs from Fiddler on the Roof, and "My Shot," from Hamilton. The Band and Orchestra will combine to play Bizet's "Farendole," and selections from Les Miserables. To close the show, the Chorus, Band, and Orchestra will jointly perform "Finale B," from Rent. The Band and Orchestra are under the direction of Matthew Trinkwald, department head. The Chorus is under the direction of Arielle Murdocco.


South High Spring Concert I--May 18

The South High School Spring Concert I, featuring the Jazz Band, Mixed Choir, String Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble, will take place on Thursday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m., in the Ruel E. Tucker Auditorium, 341 Lakeville Road. Admission is free, and the entire community is invited to this evening of outstanding music. The Jazz Band will perform: "The Blues Brothers Rockin' Soul Revue," "Superstition," and "A Salute to Glenn Miller II." The Mixed Choir will perform: "Fire, Fire, My Heart," "O Magnum Mysterium," "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye," "The Old Mill," and "Fly Me to the Moon." The String Orchestra will perform: "Danzon," from Fancy Free; "Fiddle-Faddle"; and "Celtic Canon." The Symphony Orchestra will perform "Ballet Parisien," by Jacques Offenbach. The Wind Ensemble will close out the evening with: "World's Fair March," "Abram's Pursuit," "Irish Tune from County Derry and Shepherd's Hey," "Second Suite in F for Military Band," and "John Williams: Fantasy of Flight." Spring Concert I will be under the direction of Michael Schwartz, performing arts department head/instrumental teacher; Mark Boschen, wind ensemble/instrumental music teacher; and Dr. Pamela Levy, vocal teacher. For further information regarding this concert or other musical activities at South High, please contact Mr. Schwartz at, or at (516) 441-4851.


Improv at South High--May 19

SHS Improv

South High School's Theatre South Improv Troupe will be performing on Friday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m., at the school, 341 Lakeville Rd. During the performance, students improvise and create characters and scenes based on ideas from the audience. The public is encouraged to attend Improv, always a popular event, to enjoy a spontaneous production by a talented cast.
Improv Troupe members are: Daniella Brancato, Lucas Cowen, Jack Doremus (captain), Haylie Lempert, Maggie Roach, Julian Malater, Nathan Vallejo (captain), Brian Volk, Benjamin Weber, and Sophie Williams.
For more information, please contact Thomas Marr, drama teacher/director, at (516) 441-4873, or at


Board Commends South High Students

SHS Students

Ninety-six South High School students were recently recognized by the Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education for contributing to the quality of life at their school. Student honorees, in alphabetical order, are: Cristopher Aguirre Galindo, Aram Baghdassarian, Julian Balkcom, Rachel Brenner, Lorenzo Capuozzo, Mario Carbajal, Brandyn Chan, Ashley Chang, Jong Wan Choo, Glory Chung, Gianna Coluccio, Arielle Daskal, Noa Daskal, Sara DeCarle, Danielle Del Ponte, Alexander Dembner, Elisabeth Dimitratos, Jack Doremus, Eli Dusman, Angelina Eapen, Abigail Efrem, Ernest Fok, Josselyn Fuentes, Jennifer Garrett, Clara Goldberger, Samantha Greben, Lin Ya Greenberg, Nicole Gualtieri, Shaminta Hamidian, Isabella Harnick, Kelly Herrera, Lynn Hlaing, Maximillian Hsiao, Zhengkuan Huang, Christyn Hung, Grace Jiang, Charles Judson, Miriam Kazais, Matthew Ko, Benjamin Kobliner, Queenie Kong, Nicole Kuzler, Andy La, Samantha La, Brooke Labonski, Kathryn Lam, Joshua Lee, Joyce Lee, Stacey Leon Dejesus, Lionel Li, Dorothy Liu, Evan Lo, Kimberly Lu, Olivia Lundelius, Isabella Malfi, Ninci Mathew, Macy Meng, Danielle Miller, Samantha Mindel, Ryan Motchkavitz, Emma Motelson, Benjamin Newman, Luqing Ni, Joyce Omolayo, Soyoung Park, Mona Peng, Lauren Perlman, Alexis Pramberger, Katelyn Pramberger, Joshua Putter, Haley Raphael, Ashley Santiago, Mansi Shah, Amanda Shen, Matthew Solomon, Michelle Song, Erica Sosman, Avery Strongin, Christine Suh, Karan Thadhani, Mathew Thenor-Louis, Michelle Thomas, Eric Trachtenberg, Jessica Vissichelli, Shrinath Viswanathan, Marianna Vukosa, Trinity Wang, Benjamin Weber, David Wong, Jenny Ye, Belinda Yin, Zichen Yu, Asia Zhang, Boyang Zhang, Michael Zhang, and Josephine Zheng. Joining them were Board of Education members (President Barbara Berkowitz, Vice President Lawrence Gross, and Trustees Donald Ashkenase and Susan Healy), and school and district administrators. Board Trustee Susan Healy was unable to attend.