The Lausanne community filled the Elder Performing Arts Center (EPAC) Wednesday night for the annual Spring Concert, a highly anticipated performance put on by the students enrolled in the Middle and Upper School Band, Chorus and string ensembles.
As the night began, all attention shifted to the stage as the lights dimmed and Tara West, Lausanne’s Lower School Music teacher and Music Coordinator, took the stage to welcome the audience and introduce the talents of the evening.
The music-filled event featured classical music conducted by Lausanne’s Middle School and Upper School musicians. Throughout the night there was also a video honoring the seniors as well as flowers being presented to performing arts teacher Dora Thea Kastanas and music and chorus teacher Nancy Graham.
"For our students, the Spring Concert demonstrates how Music is an art, an experience, and a skill. It is through music we incorporate all art forms in which we are able to respond, create, perform and produce higher levels of thinking necessary to tie together the other disciplines. Through the performing ensembles, students develop the skills needed to make music a meaningful part of their lives as competent audiences, musicians, and creators," Upper School and Middle School Instrumental Music Director DoraThea C. Kastanas said. "Repertoire selected for this Spring Concert was a variety of music styles and genres that have helped our students develop their musicianship and technique while captivating the listening audience."
Students in the band, chorus and string ensembles dedicated a lot of time and effort preparing for their performance, and the concert was a wonderful representation of their love for music.
“The students in these classes form a bond with each other that is unlike other groups," said Mrs. West. “When students make music together, they are sharing are part of themselves with each other and the audience. It is amazing what a student will endure the first few years. A kid really has to love music because it takes many years and practice hours to sound good and like your own playing.”
"This final formal concert of the year, reflects the hard work and artistry of our students. After an academic year filled with Lausanne event performances, pep rallies, Honor Auditions, Ensembles, Musicals, and Festivals, the Spring Concert is the best venue for our students to come together in welcoming our Year 1 students as Music Department veterans, embracing our step-up students in the middle years, and a final farewell to our Senior students," Kastanas said.
Click here to see the Facebook album of photos from the night.