This past Saturday, on 11/9, the performing arts department teamed up with the jazz band to a dance and musical tribute celebrating the artistry of Stevie Wonder.
The night started with the Jazz Ensemble performance of “A Night Out: Quittin’ Time Higher Ground” and the accompaniment of the full dance cast under the skillful guidance of Dance Instructor Alana Hill and Band Orchestrator Cheryl Terwilliger. Afterwards, the Jazz Ensemble stole the spotlight with their “Superstition” piece. The Dance Ensemble came to fight for the spotlight with their “A Night Out: Swinging at the Savory Uptight (Everything’s Alright)”. The dancers’ red dresses grabbed everyone’s attention, as Tommy Wang (’14) and Fallon McKnight (’15) swing dance on center stage.
Quickly following, Jazz Workshop completed the first half of the show with “Sir Duke”. Senior and skilled floutist Carly Bass expressed her opinion on the song.
“My favorite solo that I did was for “Sir Duke” because it is a really fun and upbeat song with jazz workshop which is a smaller group of people,” Bass stated.
The second half opened with a Stevie Wonder clip that explained his way to fame and goals for the future as well as his many musical accomplishments. Brendan Cogdell (’16) took on the part of Stevie Wonder as he danced and played the harmonica on center stage with fellow dancers surrounding him.
The Advanced Dance Ensemble reclaimed the stage as they captured the audience through their captivating “A Night Out: Creepin’ at Club 142 Part Time Lover” where Tommy Wang (’14) played the love interest of multiple women until they all found out his scheme-ish ways.
Ian Giles (’14) skillfully devised a solo that seized the attention of the audience during the Jazz Workshop’s “For Once In My Life”. Alternately, the After School Dance performed “Girl’s Night Out as the Spring Fling Signed Sealed, Delivered”. The floutist and clarinet sections demanded recognition as they artfully gained control in “You Are The Sunshine of My Life”.
An unexpected turn occurred Jessica Howard (’14) beautifully sang the words of A Night Out: It’s Showtime Overjoyed while Adam Cohen (’14) provided musical accompaniment with the piano and Naya Hutchinson (’17) danced to the emotions of the song.
“The jazz and dance groups really worked well together while performing Stevie Wonder's music with their our own twists.” Saxophonist Kendall Buck (’14) said.
“There was a large audience which was nice to have all of those people come,” dancer Alexa Bartenfelder (’16) stated ”I felt that all the pieces that were performed were fun to watch, and I thought everyone had a good time!”