Fine Arts Fest slated for March 15

London City Schools’ Fine Arts Festival is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. March 15 and will feature musical performances and visual arts by students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Art from kindergarten through eighth grade will be displayed in the blue gym at the elementary school. The high school art will be displayed in the high school’s halls.

The performing arts department will provide vocal and instrumental music between noon and 5 p.m. All choirs and vocalists will perform in the elementary school auditeria. All bands will perform in the high school auditorium.

Music highlights of the day will include the seventh and eighth grade band, directed by Angela Wetzel, performing pieces from the 20th century and the baroque, classical and romantic periods.

The high school band , led by Craig Lewis, will perform "Eiger" by James Swearingen, "Garden of the Gods" by Rick Kirby, and "The Mystery of Duffy’s Cut" by Robert Sheldon. The band participated in the Solo and Ensemble Festival at Hilliard Darby High School. The saxophone quartet, flute quartet and trumpet trios took superior ratings. Dr. Shelley Jagow of Wright State University recently led the band through rehearsal.

The high school jazz band, also directed by Lewis, will play tunes by Chuck Mangione, Chicago and Metallica, among other jazz pieces. The group recently performed at Bloom Carroll High School’s "Night of Jazz."

The high school concert and show choirs are on the Fine Arts Festival agenda. "Signature" received an excellent rating for performing "For the Beauty of the Earth" at the Solo and Ensemble event.

Elementary students will be busy throughout the festival with a talent show for kindergarten through fifth-graders. The elementary school choir, a combination of grades three through five, will close the day with a song that has become tradition for the group, "Siyahamba." They also will sing "Do-Re-Me" from "The Sound of Music," a Native American piece, "The Earth is Our Mother," and "I Bought Me a Cat," among others. Teri Gray and Katie Bates direct the choir, which recently performed in the Madison County Young Artist Showcase.

The music boosters will provide refreshments in the high school commons.

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