2018 Grammar School Spring Program
- Posted May 18, 2018
- Cameron Dusman
- Grammar School
At Redeemer School, the arts offer our students opportunities to cultivate a joyful sense of wonder for God's character. Music and art reflect God's design for intricate order in the universe; they also show us His joy for creativity. Our students discover God's goodness, truth and beauty by engaging with many styles of music and art throughout the school year.
While preparing for their spring performance, students also develop skills for music literacy, tuneful singing, playing instruments, musical movement, improvisation and composition, and music history! This year's grammar school spring program showcased the fruit of our students' year-long learning. The art show in the lobby displayed many colorful, detailed grade-level artworks in diverse mediums. Students' individual creativity shone through in these projects.
During the performance students sang, danced, played instruments, and presented some of their music history studies from music classes. The Pre-K, first, and second grade students participated in responsive movement to show musical form and expression in pieces by J.S. Bach, Vivaldi and Brahms. The second and third grade classes sang partner songs in harmony and shared their own class arrangement of a folk dance with xylophone and recorder accompaniment. Fourth graders improvised jazz tunes along with a twelve-bar blues jazz standard, and the fifth graders shared a medley of traditional spirituals. The fourth and fifth grade handbells classes shared a Biblical chord story, as well as several pieces showcasing special ringing techniques they have learned throughout the year.
The performance ended with the entire grammar school together on stage to premiere a new arrangement by bells director and composer Kath Wissinger. Our students have grown in artistic teamwork and community this year, and we were very proud of them for their hard work highlighted at the spring program!
In addition to the performances, 5th graders were presented with their awards from the National Mythology Exam.
Emme Rose Ritchie
The full program from the evening is listed below.
The Prodigal Son – A Chord Story, Wissinger
Ode to Joy, Beethoven, arr. Wissinger
(4th Grade Bells)
Hopscotch, from Playground Suite, Wissinger
Many and Great, traditional Dakota hymn, arr. Wissinger
(5th Grade Bells)
My God is So Great/Awesome God, traditional/R. Mullins
Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G Minor, J. Brahms
(PreK & K Music)
Oats, Peas, Beans, and Barley Grow, traditional
(K & 1st Grade Music)
Concerto in E Major BWV 1042: “Allegro Assai,” J.S. Bach
Great is Thy Faithfulness, T. Chisholm; W. Runyan
(1st Grade Music)
Spring: “Allegro” from The Four Seasons, A. Vivaldi
(2nd Grade Music)
Great Big House in New Orleans, traditional
Red are Strawberries/Shalom Chaverim, traditional
(2nd & 3rd Grade Music)
Hot Cross Buns, traditional
(3rd Grade Music)
BAG’s Groove, Milt Jackson
(4th Grade Music)
Morning Has Broken/All Creatures of Our God and King, E. Farjeon/St. Francis of Assisi; W. H. Draper
(4th & 5th Grade Music)
Spiritual Quodlibet, traditional
(5th Grade Music)
All Things Bright and Beautiful, arr. J. Rutter
10,000 Reasons, J. Myrin, M. Redman
Rainbows, Lois Brokering, arr. Wissinger
(Combined grades; 5th Grade on Chimes)
Program Note: Herb and Lois Brokering wrote dozens of hymns and children’s songs, perhaps best known in the Lutheran Church. A family friend commissioned Ms. Wissinger to arrange a series of Brokering songs. Rainbows is the first in this series.