SOMERS, N.Y. – Fans of pop, classical, folk and traditional Christian music converged in the John F. Kennedy Catholic High School auditorium in Somers on Wednesday, April 26, for the school’s annual Spring Concert.
The program featured performances by Kennedy’s string ensemble concert band, and 54-voice chorus,
The chorus, under the direction of Kennedy Catholic’s Arts Department Chair Mrs. Ines WilhelmBoston, performed first. Their diverse repertoire ranged from the traditional (“Nearer My God to Thee”) to the obscure (“Thank You for the Music,” an Abba single with limited release) to Leonard Cohen’s ubiquitous “Hallelujah,” albeit with a new Catholic bent to the lyrics. This last was sung as a stirring solo by senior Ava Gallo. Mr. Frederick Ostrofsky conducted the Kennedy Catholic String Ensemble next.
Highlights from their program included the traditional “My Wild Irish Rose” arranged for flutes and strings and an excerpt from the incidental music Purcell wrote for the play “Abdelazer.” Senior and violinist Hanna Tracy was given the stage to perform 20th century composer Fritz Kreisler’s “Praeludium;” her performance was met with a thunderous ovation. The Kennedy Catholic Concert Band were the final performers of the evening.
Under the baton of Martha Belardo they delivered a consistently rousing repertory that included Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4,” Toto’s “Africa,” a suite of music written by Hoist for military band, and some John Philip Sousa, for good measure. The program, which was enjoyed by a packed house, concluded with a presentation honoring the graduating seniors in all three ensembles.