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Winter and Fall Performance Highlights

Middle School Band with Upper School Bands and Orchestra

December 8 brought not only the Middle School Band Concert, but a Musical Holiday Celebration with a combined Upper School Band and Orchestra performance that wowed audience members. Stutz Wimmer, Charissa Gransden, and Pete Ciaschini conducted the Upper School groups through holiday classics, including “The Nutcracker” and “Sleigh Ride,” as well as the “Irish Suite,” “Ukrainian Bell Carol,”  “Stille Nacht,” and other pieces. The Middle School Bands opened the evening with favorites ranging from “My Dreydl” and “Jingle Bells” to “Tobaggan Run.”


Middle School Orchestra Performs with Paideia

On December 2, the Middle School Orchestra, under the direction of Orchestra Directors Pete Ciaschini and Anne Page, gave a holiday concert with the Paideia Junior Chamber Orchestra in the Hendrix-Chenault Theater.

Lower School Band Wows

On December 10, the Lower School Band wowed audiences with a traditional holiday music festival. Under the direction of Charissa Gransden, the band played favorites including “Hot Cross Buns,” “Jolly Old St. Nicholas,” and “First Winter’s Sleigh Ride.” 

Lower School Choral Concert Includes M&Ms

In the Alston Memorial Chapel on December 4, the Lower School Chorus presented a holiday concert under the direction of Lower School Choral Director Marianne Beverly. The M&M boys group opened the show with “Will the Real Santa Claus Stand Up?” The chorus followed with an array of Christmas and Hanukkah favorites including, “Sleigh Ride” and “Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah.”

Lower School Presents Camel Lot

The Lower School musical production of Camel Lot brought crowds to their feet on December 16. The production, directed by Lower School Choral Director Marianne Beverly, included students from second through fifth grades.

Lower School Orchestra on Its Own

The Lower School Orchestra played holiday favorites in a concert of its own on December 3. Under the direction of Orchestra Directors Pete Ciaschini and Anne Page, the program featured holiday tunes including “Dreidel,” “Jingle Bells,” and “Carol of the Bells.”

Upper School Choruses Continue Lessons & Carols Tradition
at All Saints’ Episcopal Church

The Upper School Singers and Men’s and Women’s Choruses presented the Christmas favorite, Nine Lessons and Carols, at All Saints’ Episcopal Church on December 3. The service, which is a longstanding Lovett tradition, was followed by a reception for choral alumni. The service tells the Christmas story through a mix of scripture readings and traditional carols, and concludes with a candlelight performance of “Silent Night." 

Noises Off — A Great Success 

NOISES OFF was recently reviewed in the London Telegraph on a 2009 revival, "The funniest play ever written!" The Lovett Upper School Theatre production in November once again proved this to be true! The play, directed by Eric Brannen, represents every actor’s worst nightmare. Lines are forgotten, entrances missed, people fall down stairs, cast members fall in love, and all finally dissolves into total chaos. Headmaster Billy Peebles’ comments best summed up the audience reaction. "Penny and I so enjoyed Noises Off. It was fabulous! Moreover, the absurdity of it all brought from the two of us a measure of laughter that lifted us both. This work evoked laughter and fun in ways rarely experienced."

Faculty Art Show & Sale Huge Hit

This year’s Faculty Art Show & Sale was the biggest and best yet. Featuring the works of seven faculty and five alumni artists, the show ran for four days in November. The event kicked off with a parent and alumni reception, where guests mingled with artists at the Lovett Rogers & Westmoreland Activity Center. A silent auction and works of various genres, as well as price points, helped make this year’s event the most successful yet. A steady stream of guests from the Lovett and local community mixed in with students throughout the week. 

Faculty artists included Katy McDougal, Joy Patty, Ashley L. Schick, Katherine Schneider, Amy Lee Story, Karey Walter, and Tom Zwierlein. Featured alumni artists were Emily Followill ’88, Jean Glenn ’81, Suzy Lubel ’78, Katie Madden ’05, and Katherine McClure ’88. Followill sold and signed her book of cabin photographs. Glenn’s textured abstract paintings were a big draw. Lubel’s jewelry, a mix of semiprecious stones, vintage pieces, and various metals, won praise from guests. Madden’s abstract oil paintings and McClure’s mixed media pieces were popular.

A portion of the sales’ proceeds goes to Friends of The Arts (FOTA) to help support Fine Arts programs, and ultimately Lovett students. FOTA provides Applied Lessons scholarships; purchases equipment such as instruments, performance chairs, and print-making supplies; pays for signage for all concerts and performances; helps support Lovett’s partnership with the High Museum; and has supplied a dance floor and pottery wheel.

Lovett Hosts First Annual Ceramic Revival 

Thanks to Lovett ceramics teacher Tom Zwierlein, the school hosted the first annual Ceramics Revival at Lovett January 15-17. Top workshop leaders included nationally known Bill VanGilder and George McCauley. The event, which was attended by clayworkers from the Atlanta area and beyond, kicked off with a reception hosted by FOTA. Look for details about next year’s event soon.

Pete Ciaschini, Orchestra Director, was involved with Soldier Songs in November 2015. The production, performed at the Rialto Theater, was a collaboration between the Opera, Georgia State University, Newspeak, the composer, director set designer, and an impressive conductor. The project was not a typical opera, but an hour that considered war, solders, veterans and the world we created and continue to affect.  

Visual Arts teacher Ashley Schick was featured in CommonCreativeATL. The article and interview gave her a chance to reflect on her recent Survey Shadows series and the Atlanta art scene. Visit http://www.commoncreativatlanta.com/?p=7376 for a full look at the feature piece.

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