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The Blog of the Algonquin Fine & Performing Arts Department


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STRING-O-RAMA 2019

On Tuesday, January 15 at 7pm, the Southborough and Algonquin Music programs will be holding String-o-Rama in the Trottier gymnasium. This event will feature performances by our youngest Southborough string students (in their first public performance) all the way up to our Algonquin students in String Orchestra. The concert is a vertical audio snapshot of the string instrumental music curriculum. It is designed to quickly take the audience through the progression of learning from grades 3-12. The evening will conclude with a grand finale:all string musicians performing a piece together! Please consider joining us for this great event!


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Holiday Festival Concert, Dec 20

Our annual Holiday Festival Concert will be held tonight, Thursday, December 20. The night will begin with light music in the lobby and rotunda area with light refreshments and student artwork displays around 6:30pm. At 7pm, the sit-down concert in the auditorium will feature some Holiday favorites like “Mele Kalikimaka,” “Jingle Bells,” and “Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening” performed by Jazz I, String and Full Orchestra, Camerata Singers, Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, and Mixed Chorus. The evening will conclude with our traditional grand finale: “White Christmas.” All chorus an orchestra alumni are invited to join us on stage for the final number.


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CHICAGO: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION is coming to Algonquin!

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Set in the legendary city during the roaring jazz hot 20s, Chicago tells the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses locked up in Cook County Jail. Nightclub star Velma is serving time for killing her husband and sister after finding the two have been having an affair. Driven chorus girl Roxie has been tossed in the joint for bumping off the lover she’s been cheating on her husband with. Not one to rest on her laurels, Velma enlists the help of prison matron Mama Morton and slickster lawyer Billy Flynn, who turn Velma’s incarceration into a murder-of-the-week media frenzy, thus preparing the world for a splashy showbiz comeback. But Roxie’s got some of her own tricks up her sleeve.

The show will open on Thursday, December 6 at 7pm, and will run until Saturday evening.

Tickets are now available online at: https://arhschicago.brownpapertickets.com

or in the ARHS main office. $10 for students, $15 for adults


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MassACDA High School Collegiate Festival

Eight Algonquin choral students, representing Mixed Chorus, Chamber Choir and Camerata Singers, spent Saturday, Oct. 20 at UMass Amherst for the High School Collegiate Choral Festival sponsored by the Massachusetts chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. Joshua Chang, Soraya Hafiani, Julia Hayes, Nathan Jagh, Max Petrie, Sravya Tanikella, Matt Webster, and Alex Ziada worked on Mass in G by Franz Schubert and If Music be the Food of Love, by David C. Dickau, under the direction of Dr. Stephen Papago of UMass Amherst. Our students joined forces with 60 other high school students from around the state, as well as choral and orchestral students and faculty soloists from UMass. The day of preparation culminated in a concert that included selections by the university Chamber Singers and Chorale, attended by parents of the high school students and the parents of the university students who were there for parents weekend.