Students to present videos, dance and artwork along with music at school concert

CHESTERTOWN Music by local students will be filling the air soon as North Warren High School presents their fall-winter concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20. But thats not all. It will be accompanied by a wide range of other fields of art, school faculty members said Monday. To be held at the school auditorium, the concert will feature students of grades 7 through 12 in the junior and senior choruses, bands and jazz ensemble, under the batons of directors Maria Swartz and Colin MacInnis. The concert is focusing on featuring a wide variety of performing and visual arts, including music, dance, theatre and videos, photography, and other visual arts. The purpose of the expanded range of artistic expression at a school concert is to highlight all the talents within the North Warren student body, Maria Swartz said Monday. The event includes two numbers featuring dancers from the local dance studio, under the tutelage of artistic director Shannon Mitchell. These performances will be accompanied by musical numbers sung by the choruses. The stage production and technical work is in the hands of students in the schools new History & Production of the American Musical Theatre class. An exhibition of student art photography will also be held, featuring works by North Warren High School art students, taught by Polly Towers. Student artists are also creating Japanese artwork in collaboration with a Japanese song to be performed by the senior chorus. North Warrens television production students, taught by Tim Blake, will be presenting a video as an opening segment, and they will be recording the event for a live broadcast on Channel 16. The schools broadcast journalism students, taught by Blake & Kim Sabo, have created videos to highlight each performing art. There will be a video documentary piece of the school chorus recent trip to see Mamma Mia in New York City, which is the source of one of the medleys to be performed at the concert. The group is also presenting another music video to be played during the song "I dream a World" based on a poem by Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes, which highlights the civil rights struggle and how far it has come. Residents and guests from the entire Northern Warren County area are cordially invited to attend, Swartz said.

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