The students playing in Hicksville High School’s Winter Concert III performed an ambitious selection of music in a wide variety of styles before a large audience at the high school. The program began with the high school wind ensemble, directed by teacher Chad Wyman, presenting a rousing rendition of John Philip Sousa’s “The Fairest of the Fair” and continued with two more upbeat selections.
The audience was also treated to the harmonious vocal styling of the Madrigal Singers, under the direction of Michelle Emeric. The singers’ stage-front performance was highlighted by their version of Johannes Brahms’ “In Stiller Nacht.”
The string ensemble, directed by Amy Noll, followed with an arrangement of Vivaldi’s “Allegro” that featured seven soloists. Other selections included a tuneful tribute to Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom of the Opera.
The middle school jazz ensemble, directed by Jonathan Schmuel, made a special appearance to perform three pieces, including Dizzy Gillespie’s “Night in Tunisia” and a bouncy version of the teen anthem “Don’t Stop Believin’” that had the audience clapping to the beat.
The concert concluded with the high school jazz ensemble, directed by Molly Tittler, playing a trio of familiar standards from artists Duke Ellington, Rogers and Hart, and Herbie Hancock.
Many of the student performers in the program have been recognized as All-State, All-County or Tri-M musicians.