As a prelude to the musical performance, guests were treated to the opening viewing of our IB Art Exhibition, this year featuring the work of Year 13 students; Marta Boneu Pamies, Ka Pan (Brian) Ho, Yuri Shin, Mari Hagen Stokke and Wing Fei Yiu. The varied exhibition included video installation, sculpture and paintings and gave students the opportunity to explain their artwork to a very appreciative audience. The artwork remains on display in the Exhibition Space until Friday 8th April.
The concert began with the wonderful spectacle of our now very large orchestra filling to capacity the auditorium stage. This year has seen an enormous growth in interest from students for the orchestra, with both experienced and beginner musicians having the opportunity to take part. After welcoming orchestra leader, Matej Kalina on first violin, to the stage, the assembled musicians launched into the theme from Jurassic Park, followed by New World Symphony (Largo) and it was clear to all that a huge amount of rehearsal time and practice had gone into the polished performance.
Throughout the hour-long performance, each of the school choirs performed, with the Rainbow Review taking us to the USA with It’s a Small World, the Community Choir singing a bilingual version of the Chinese traditional song Jasmine Flower, as well as the very old English tune Though Philomela, and our Cantabella choir taking us to Spain with Little Spanish Town. Despite the fact that many of our Year 12 students were scheduled to get on a bus to fly to Tanzania for the annual expedition immediately after the performance, the full IB Choir came along to perform I Dreamed a Dream by French composer Schonberg, featuring a beautiful solo by Aimee Burlamacchi. The choir received an extra round of applause as they finished their piece and exited, Von Trapp style, to board a waiting bus.
Some of NAIS Pudong’s most talented solo performances were also given the chance to shine during the evening, with Arianna Pantalone showing her vocal skills singing a beautiful Croation lullaby Dalmation Cradle Song, and Ji Woo Han in cello giving a masterful performance of Elgar’s Salut d’Amour accompanied by her very talented mum, Jane. On piano, tiny and super impressive Year 1 student Kelly Ziyi Huang performed Ballade Pour Adeline, with Cloe Ng following with Chopin’s challenging Walz in B Minor. The soloists received huge ovations and none more so than the final performance of the evening, pianist Joung Jin Kim from Year 7. Displaying a musicality and ability far beyond his years, Joung Jin played Mendelssohn’s complex and emotional Variation Serieuses. This was JJ’s swan song at NAIS Pudong as his family will repatriate to Korea these holidays, and his contributions to music were especially recognised by our Director of Music and the night’s MC, Mr Phillip Bailey.
Principal Mrs Wallace ended the evening paying special tribute to our talented and hardworking Music Department; Mr Phillip Bailey, Mrs Louisa Bailey and Mr Bevan Graham.