As we dream of Spring and longer days, we prepare for a very busy month of March with several district music events. The annual Elementary Night of Folk Dance will be held in the Avery gym on Tuesday, March 7th at 6pm. Students from all four elementary schools have been preparing a variety of dances from cultures explored in music class to introduce to their families (who we welcome to dance alongside their children).
The Class of 2017 will present the annual Senior Musical, Jekyll and Hyde, on March 17 and 18. Murder and chaos are pitted against love and virtue in this sweeping gothic musical based on the Robert Louis Stevenson tale. Tickets are available online by clicking here -> TICKETS. Any family or business that would like to place an ad in the adbook should fill out this form and return it to the DHS office by Wed., March 8th.
Dedham Middle School will present their annual musical, ‘Mulan’ on April 6 and 7 at 7:00pm. Mr. Nadeau and Mr. Daniels have been leading an amazing cast as they put the final touches on this classic tale, a heartwarming celebration of culture, honor and the fighting spirit. With hit songs and a story packed with action, humor and heart, Disney’s Mulan JR. brings ancient China to life with a modern sensibility. Tickets are $5.00 and available at the door.
Music students will be performing in the last three All-Town events in the coming weeks. The Don Heald Night of Jazz will be held at Dedham Middle School on Wednesday, March 22nd. Students in jazz programs at DMS and DHS will perform at the annual tribute to former Dedham music teachers Don Heald. All proceeds will be donated to the ALS Foundation. The following week, DMS will host the All-Town String Concert. The orchestra program has grown considerably in the past few years and this concert will feature students from grades 3 to 12. Both concerts start at 7pm, donations accepted at the door. The All-Town Choral Concert, our largest concert of the year, will be held in The Dunne Auditorium at DHS on Wednesday, April 12th.
We would like to recognize DHS Freshmen Almifendhjee Julsaint and Annalisa Ray for earning a spot in the Eastern District choral groups. They represented Dedham at this annual regional event. The Jr. District concert was held at Lincoln-Sudbury HS on March 4th.
Congratulations are will deserved for the DHS Winter Percussion Ensemble and the DHS Performing Arts Company.
The METG Dramafest entry, ‘Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead’, was well received by audience and judges at the statewide event held on March 4th. Recognized for their individual performances were Kayliegh Spencer and Bryson Badeau. We would like to recognize the entire cast and crew along with Director Nate Haywood for all their hard work in presenting a thought provoking play that impressed the packed house the the Prelims in Norwood.
The Winter Percussion group was recently featured in the Dedham Times for their great start to the NESBA competitive season. They are already scoring well above past seasons and look to finish strong as they head to the New England Championships at the DCU Center in Worcester on April 1st. Congrats to Director Mark Sachetta and the entire group for their early successes with their program, ‘Marooned Marauders’. Here’s a video of their performance at Tewksbury HS on 2/26.
Finally, it was great to see such a huge turn out at the All Town Band Concert in February. The elementary band was the largest yet, and this annual tradition continues to highlight the talent of band students in Dedham. Thanks to the teachers from the Dedham School of Music for their work with our elementary students and to all band students for an amazing night of music.