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Spotswood High School Holds Annual Spring Concert

The Spotswood High School Chorus performs at the May 12 Spring Concert. Credits: Dawn Miller
Sarah Carino-Koza, the Spotswood High School Band Director, addresses the audience. Credits: Dawn Miller
Sean Wesen performs with the Spotswood High School Concert Band. Credits: Dawn Miller
Senior members of the Honors Wind Ensemble take a final bow. Credits: Dawn Miller
Rebecca Cornacchio's tea set was on display at the Spotswood High School Arts Festival. Credits: Dawn Miller
Melanie Eckert's tea set is a part of the project on display from the Ceramics and Sculpture II class. Credits: Dawn Miller
Credits: Dawn Miller
Credits: Dawn Miller
Credits: Dawn Miller

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Spotswood High School held its annual Spring Concert on Thursday, May 12 at the school's cafetorium and treated the audience to a delightful evening of music, song and art.

The Spotswood High School Chorus started off the night's celebration of the arts. Under the direction of Lauren Shaughnessy, the eight member chorus performed five songs. Shea Velloso provided piano accompaniment. The members of the small, but talented choral group included Eunice Camerino, Devin Ryan, Claudia Chan, Rebecca Tilley, Katy Filippoli, Jake Williams, Emily Mosquera and Maria Wornowicz. Before singing their final selection, Shaughnessy acknowledged the graduating seniors from the group.

After the chorus, the Spotswood High School Concert Band took the stage after a brief introduction by veteran band director, Sarah Carino-Koza. The Concert Band performed three numbers including "Spy Chase," "Land Between" and Michael Oare's "Eqilibrium." The musicians donned sunglasses to add to the ambiance of the spirited "Spy Chase."

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Carino-Koza directed both the Concert Band and the Honors Wind Ensemble. Students must audition to play with the Honors Wind Ensemble. Prior to playing each musical piece, Carino-Koza further enhanced the selection by providing the audience with backstory on the songs.

The Honors Wind Ensemble concluded the entertaining eveing of music with three selections; "Pastime, A Salute to Baseball," "Sheltering Sky" and Aegina and Bacchanalia from "Spartacus." Carino-Koza recognized her graduating seniors as well, remarking how all had "stuck with the band since fourth grade."

To complete a total evening of the arts, an art show was going on simultaneously in the school's Media Center. Concert goers were invited to peruse the creations of students from the Fine Arts and Graphic Arts Department during the two brief intermissions.

On display was an eclectic potpourri of art work that included ceramic vases, masks, tea sets, paintings, drawings and other splendid works of arts that showcased the talents and hard work of the students.

The 2016 Spring Concert and Art Show exhibited the diverse talents of the Spotswood High School student body as well as the strong commitment the Spotswood School District places on the value of the arts in education.

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