Over 40 Litchfield High School music students performed in “Talent in Town” on Sunday afternoon. Under the direction of music teachers Dan Porri and Peter Perkins, students sang and played a variety of musical compositions for a large crowd at the Bantam Firehouse.
Mimi Jenkins performs at Talent in Town. BZ photos
Mr. Porri acknowledged, “It was a great opportunity for students to showcase their talents and perform solo or in small groups. They selected their own musical pieces and rehearsed independently.” Soloists had to audition for inclusion in the show. The chamber choir, jazz band and chamber instrumental ensembles performed selections chosen by Mr. Porri and Mr. Perkins.
Litchfield High/Middle School Music Teachers Dan Porri (left) and Peter Perkins (right) listen to the performers.
It’s been a busy year for both vocal and instrumental music students at LHS. They have been performing in the school and in the community. The chamber singers performed at Brandywine Assisted Living and Rose Haven in December. The brass ensemble, woodwind ensemble and chamber singers performed at the tree lighting ceremony on the Litchfield Green; the Living Nativity at Lourdes in Litchfield; and the Santa Parade in Torrington. The jazz combo played at the St. Jude’s Telethon in Torrington; the band and chamber choir played at Litchfield’s Memorial Day Parade.
Rachel Rubin sings and plays the guitar.
Members of high school music department will be going on a trip to NYC on April 24-25 to participate in music clinics and see the Julliard Percussion Ensemble. The Litchfield Middle School band and chorus will be competing at “Music in the Parks” in Agawam, MA on May 3rd. The jazz ensemble will participate in a “Jazz Festival” at Infinity Hall on Sunday, June 2nd. The chamber choir and marching band will perform at the Litchfield Memorial Day Parade. An outdoor “Pops Concert” is being planned for June.
A large turnout applauded the students' efforts.
Students will also have the opportunity to audition for (and perform in if selected): the Berkshire League Music Festival, the Northern Regional Music Festival, the New England Music Festival, the All State Music Festival, the Youth Honor Band, and Northern Regional Middle School Music Festival.
Sierra Markelon (left) and Rachel Rubin (right) perform a duet.
Other events include concert assemblies for students at LIS, LMS, and LCS throughout the year; the pep band playing at pep rallies and the jazz combo performing at open house.
The Litchfield Music Parents organization has offered strong support by raising money used to enhance the music program experience for all students. In the past year they purchased a new set of music stands, a top of the line keyboard and amplifier to enhance the quality of performances in the auditorium. They also funded the use of “Charm’s Office Assistant,” which has improved parent-to-teacher communication in the band program making it possible for students and parents to access music and handouts electronically.
Litchfield Music Parents saves and plans for long term program improvements, such as acoustical shells and auditorium upgrades. They also provide funds for guest artists, including a professional brass quintet and a professional composer to speak to the ‘Computerized Music’ class.
Music Parents also pay for audition fees for Litchfield Middle School students who audition for the Regional Music Festival and they help defray the cost of the All State festival for students who are accepted. A Music Parents’ monetary scholarship is awarded to graduating seniors who are pursuing music majors in college. Lastly, Music Parents put on an annual Poinsettia sale fundraiser used to defray the cost of music department activities and trips.
The Litchfield High School Band will perform their spring concert on Tuesday, March 26th at 7pm in the Litchfield Intermediate School Auditorium. The LHS Jazz Band and Choir will perform on April 11th at 7pm in the LIS Auditorium.