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Parents Weekend Concert Brings Joy to the Crowd

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Parents Weekend Concert Brings Joy to the Crowd

Jean Udompanyawit

Jean Udompanyawit

Jean Udompanyawit

Jean Udompanyawit

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Parents Weekend arrived during the last weekend of October. Mothers and fathers traveled from far and wide for an update on their children’s lives. The campus atmosphere was filled with the joy of visiting parents as they caught up with their children shared the beautiful weather of the fall.

On the night of Friday, October 27, Mattison Auditorium filled up with people eager to watch and listen to the talents of our best musicians and singers. Parents held up cameras, while brothers and sisters gazed up at their siblings on the stage; the hall was filled with the delight and coziness of a family gathering.

Kent’s largest choir group, the Concert Choir, opened the stage with the song, “Pictures of Fall,” by Emerson and Jacobson. Chamber Choir followed, presenting “Who Has Seen the Wind” by Rossetti and Althouse. Mrs. Kovacs, who directs the choir groups, mentioned that since “it’s the first year that members auditioned, the singers are more experienced and show lots of excitement and joy”.

The Kent School Orchestra, conducted by Mrs. Hobbs, performed several pieces, including “Funeral March of a Marionette”, “In the Hall of the Mountain King”, “A Dance of Clowns”, and the most heart-capturing piece “Themes from Scheherazade.” Additionally, James Kim ’19, the leading violinist, played an outstanding solo that drew the attention of the entire auditorium. One of the audience members, Zhalyn Kabyken ’20, was very impressed with how “the violin was so expressive and passionate” and commented, “it was gorgeous.”

The string orchestra, concert band, and jazz band all brought their own unique dynamic to the show. Each performance received enthusiastic applause from the audience, with one of the parents commenting that the show had “a quality that is beyond school level”. Parents were excited to see their children performing and students enjoyed hearing their peers, making for a wonderful evening full of lovely music and spirit.

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