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MES celebrates the arts

The Middlesex Elementary School fourth and fifth grade choir completes its concert with a big finish during the MES Fine Arts Festival on April 9. The festival theme was “As Our World Turns & the Days Go By” and also featured student artwork. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

What was all the buzz at Middlesex Elementary School on April 9? It was the 2014 Fine Arts Festival “As Our World Turn & the Days Go By.” The annual event highlighted student talent in art, music, theater and dance.

Art teacher Dixie Doerr and music teacher Becky Wilhite shared the honor of hosting the evening festivities. The musical portion of the program featured the 4th and 5th grade choir, the ORFF ensemble, and a recorder ensemble. Thomas Wilson presented a surprise performance on the saxophone when he played “Easter Bunny Blues.”

The Orff Ensemble is a group of students who follow the teachings of Carl Orff who combined singing, moving and playing instruments to teach music. Students play the instruments named after him. They are mostly percussion instruments such as glockenspiels, metallophones, xylophones and drums. Also included are melody instruments such as recorders in this method of teaching music. The unique feature of the Orff mallet instruments is that the individual bars are removable. This facilitates playing pentatonic (5 tone) melodies and chords.

The fourth and fifth grade choir continued the theme for the night singing songs throughout the calendar year such as “Goodbye, Summer,” “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas,” “Listen to the Beat of My Heart,” “An Irish Dance” and many more. Molly Weston performed an amazing Irish dance while the choir sang.

Following the musical and dance performance, students and guests were invited to the cafeteria to view the showcase of art by students from kindergarten through fifth grade. Proceeds from the fourth grade garden art were donated to the Middlesex Animal Shelter. “All in all, it was an evening to remember,” said a guest.

This article was written by fourth grade reporters for the MES newspaper, “Colt Chronicle,” Mikalya Dunham-Quigley, Kendall Lucas and Owen Miller.

posted 04.16.2014

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