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The Blog of the Algonquin Fine & Performing Arts Department


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Holiday Festival, Thursday December 21

This music department will host their annual Holiday Festival on Thursday December 21 at Algonquin Regional High School. There will be festive chamber music, caroling, displays of artwork, NAHS Calendar sales, and juice & cookies in the Rotunda and Lobby area starting at 7pm. A more sit-down concert featuring all ARHS Choirs, Orchestra and Jazz Band will begin at 7:30pm

The evening will conclude with our traditional grand finale closer: “White Christmas.” All chorus and orchestra alumni are invited to join us on stage!


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Legally Blonde opens Thursday, November 30th!

Coming to ARHS November 30, December 1, December 2 at 7pm: Legally Blonde the Musical! It’s the age-old story of girl meets boy… and gets dumped. She attempts to win him back but realizes along the way that her self worth and own ambitions far exceed his value of her. She ends up with the self-confidence and grit to earn a law degree from Harvard and, of course, finding true love, since this IS a musical.

Catch the show that reminds us to keep it positive! Advance tickets are available online at: https://legallyblondearhs.bpt.me or in the main office at ARHS.


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Fall Instrumental Concert, November 1


Please join us for the Fall Instrumental Concert on Wednesday, November 1 at 7:30pm in the ARHS auditorium. The Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, String Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble I and Jazz Ensemble II will all make their debut performances for the 2017-2018 school year. Students will perform folk songs such as Danny Boy and Ahrirang (Korean Folk Song), orchestral transcriptions: Mahler Symphony No. 1 in D Major, and some Latin jazz classics! Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students/senior citizens. NSMA members free. 


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Fine & Performing Arts Double Header! October 25

The new Business of Art Thru Gallery Management class has decided to focus its first show around the topic of “abandoned, lost & forgotten.” They hope to draw peer interest from the season, with the reception a week prior to Halloween. They researched and contacted artists to lend their work, and will host the reception on Oct 25th from 5:30-7pm.

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It’s a Fine & Performing Arts double-header! After visiting the “Abandoned, Lost & Forgotten” exhibit, walk on down to the ARHS auditorium for the Fall Chorus Concert!

The Fall Choral Concert is on October 25 at 7:30 pm, in the ARHS auditorium.  The curricular students will present World music from South Africa, Japan, Spain, Eastern Europe and Nigeria.  There will be American folk songs and spirituals as well as madrigals from England.  There will be percussion ensembles, a student accompanist and vocal soloist from grades 9-12.  The grand finale will be a giant barbershop style version of Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da by Lennon and McCartney.  The concert also features three after-school groups, Ladies First, Algoncappella and A-Gents, singing pop tunes that they’ve arranged and prepared.


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ARHS Photo Students Work On Display

The High School Photography and Altered Images Exhibition, hosted by MAEA (Mass Art Ed Association), is on display from Monday, October 2, 2017 – Friday, November 17, 2017 at the Massachusetts State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA. Exhibition hours are 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday (Closed Holidays & Weekends)

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The following ARHS students have work in the exhibition:

Amanda Carrol

Maiya Ellis

Will Koziel

Andrew Michalik

Rebecca Poretsky

Elsa Ray

Nick Warren