SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Memorial Middle School held their annual Spring Concert and Art Show on Wednesday, showcasing the sixth through eighth grade school's talent and versatility. Opening the upbeat evening of music and art was the Memorial Middle School Chorus. The young singers were joined by the Young at Heart Chorus for two selections, which featured seniors from the Spotswood Senior Center.
The combined vocal chorus that strengthened the school/community connection performed "Moses and Daniel" and "Flying Free." Eighth grader Brian Chan accompanied the chorus on "Flying Free" while Young at Heart member and former Spotswood School District Music teacher Barbara Cotrell played the piano on "Moses and Daniel." Cotrell sang with the chorus and directed them for one number so that Memorial Middle School Music and Choral Director Christina Restine could play the flute. The Young at Heart Chorus also featured Marsha Peck, Robyn Hayes, Roslynn Reiff, Janice Silczynski, Eleanor Banziger, Rose Lubrano and Joan Burke.
Restine thanked Memorial Middle School Principal Brian Kitchin for helping her to bring the senior chorus into the school as well as the staff who helped coordinate two one-hour long rehearsals, showing students that artistic pursuits don't need to end once the school chapter of their lives is complete.
The Memorial Middle School Chorus did two selections on their own, including "'Tis The Simple Things In Life" and "Rattlin' Bog." Next up was the Memorial Middle School Jazz Band. The Jazz Band played three toe-tapping numbers that spanned the musical spectrum from the 50s classic "Rock Around The Clock" to the iconic "Pink Panther" to the theme from Disney's "Incredibles."
After a brief intermission allowed audience members to experience the Art Show put together by Memorial Middle School Fine Arts teacher Tanya Schamper, Memorial's vocal and instrumental extravaganza concluded with performances from the Sixth Grade Band as well as the combined Seventh and Eighth Grade Band. Eighth grade musicians got to close out their final Memorial Middle School Spring Concert with their rendition of Frank Ticheli's "Joy."