North High to showcase art, drama and music in Artfest

North High to showcase art, drama and music in Artfest
Great Horned Owl Jennifer Wilson Pines

The Department of Fine and Performing Arts at North High School is proud to present Artfest, a week-long celebration of the school’s art, drama, and music programs and encourages the public to attend.

Performances will take place over four days and three evenings from May 21–24. All events take place at the school, 35 Polo Rd, and are free to attend. Event descriptions, dates, and times are as follows:

Concerto Concert

The Concerto Concert begins at 8:30 p.m. on Monday, May 21. The Chamber Symphony will perform works by Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Vivaldi, Haydn, and more. Students will be under the direction of Joseph Rutkowski, instrumental music teacher.

ArtFest Theatre Event

The Artfest Theatre Event is scheduled for Tuesday, May 22, at 7:30 p.m. This evening will feature performances by the Repertory Theater and the Improv Club.

The Repertory Theatre will present “Swan Song,” original monologues about saying farewell. The Improv Club will present “Thin Ice Improv,” inspired by television game shows. Audience members will be a part of this improvisational theatre event.

Students will be under the direction of Ilana Meredith Schikler, drama teacher.

Art Exhibit

The Artfest Exhibit Opening Night Reception will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, just prior to the Artfest Concert. The Exhibit will also be open during school hours (8 a.m.–2 p.m.) May 21–24. 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), Samantha Barratt, Linda Haase Kane, and Emily Man.

Artfest Concert

The Artfest Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 24. The theme of this year’s concert is “A Night at the Opera,” and it will include performances by the Choir, Symphonic Band, and Symphony Orchestra. The program will conclude with a combined performance by the Choir and the Symphony Orchestra.

Vocal students will be under the direction of Dr. Pamela Levy, and instrumental students will be under the direction of Mr. Rutkowski.

For more information on Artfest, please contact Dr. Pamela Levy, North High fine and performing arts department head, at (516) 441-4740.

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