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Meet Maestro Rodrigo de la Peña

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Dec 17, 2019 2:35:04 PM

On arrival day to School last September, I met a wonderful couple, Mr. & Mrs. de la Peña from Cancun, Mexico. When they learned that I am the Music teacher, they told me that their son, Rodrigo Jr., loves to play the piano. I could tell that they were very proud of his talent and interested in making sure that he would have access and opportunity to play. The next day, classes began, and to my surprise, Rodrigo arrived to my IB Music class. Since that day, I have had the good fortune to teach this fine young man. He is both talented and a true gentleman. His piano playing impresses me, and he is motivated to improve his total musicianship. What also impressed me early on in the term was the fact that he willingly volunteered his free time in the greater community, helping strangers to clean up after tropical storm, Dorian. Last week, my IB music students had to perform for a jury of adjudicators. This process is helpful in receiving feedback for their full-on public recital next spring. Rodrigo selected Ocarina of Time Medley, by Konji Kondo. This medley has a broad scope of styles and dynamics and Rodrigo has it committed to memory. He seemed as comfortable playing this piece for a jury of four Music teachers and a panel of classmates as he looked wearing his Christmas-theme clothes during our dress-down day. 

I hope you enjoy the performance.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life, Arts At KES, ARTS

To Chicago and Back

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Dec 16, 2019 7:35:00 PM

Last weekend, our KES thespians and musicians made the trip to Chicago and only the girls got thrown into the slammer. That didn't get their spirits down; instead, they told a convincing story with their singing of Cell Block Tango that can be heard in this clip. I've also included some pictures of their imprisonment for your enjoyment at their expense!

Click here to listen to Cell Block Tango.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Arts At KES, ARTS

Podcast Potential in Musical Imagery & Poems

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 25, 2019 10:41:01 PM

Adding to the Poetry in Music concept that I contributed to last week's Newsletter is this, another combination, created by Grade 9 student, Jada MacKinnon, from Clark's Harbour, NS. This time, I asked students to make a podcast of their poetry & music, identifying their artistic intentions and also conduct an interview to solicit comments from a classmate regarding their composition and execution. 

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Arts At KES, ARTS

Looking Forward to Looking Back at 'Chicago' Once More

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 18, 2019 7:03:04 AM

We're excited to take our 2019 production of Chicago to the KES stage next weekend! We last mounted this show in November of 2004. Here are the yearbook pages from that year which include our now faculty member, Alyssa (Medina) Murphy (Class of 2006), among others. Kate Etienne (Head Girl 2005) played Roxie and now acts on the Mervish hit Stage production of Come From Away.  Lots of hard work, preparation and fun go into producing a musical, and we look forward to creating memorable moments with next week's show; one that we can look back on in future years to come with pride and joy, just like today! Who knows where these thespains and musicians will end up in another 15 years!

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Arts At KES, ARTS

Senior School Musical, Chicago

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 16, 2019 2:33:00 PM

Chicago is an American musical with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and book by Ebb and Bob Fosse. Set in Jazz-age Chicago, this musical is based on a 1926 play of the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins about actual criminals and crimes she reported on. The story is a satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice and the concept of the "celebrity criminal".

Our King’s-Edgehill cast and crew will be performing an adapted for high school version in the Fountain Performing Arts Centre on:

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Poetry in Music

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 12, 2019 9:09:30 PM

I have introduced a unit of study on music production to my Fine Arts Music course. There is a new, free, online, cloud-based music production program called BandLab (edu.bandlab.com) that works on all operating systems. It enables users to create multi-track recordings using pre-recorded loops or other sounds from musical instruments or a microphone. It also enables collaboration from any device connected to a network. It is very versatile and, don't forget, it's free!

We all respond to music and words differently. I've selected the William Wordsworth poem I Wondered Lonely as a Cloud and asked my Grade 10 Fine Arts class to set the poem to a soundscape reflecting the musical imagery of the poem with aural variations on every verse.

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Fine Arts “Media and Creative Design”

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 7, 2019 8:28:46 AM

The Grade 10 “Media and Creative Design” students are experiencing the world of photography right now. After working on moving pictures and creating their very own documentaries, our students expressed their creativity in still images. One of their latest projects included the task of telling a narrative in sequence photos based on a famous movie.
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Chicago - The Rehearsals, The Show!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 2, 2019 10:22:10 AM

One month from now, KES thespians, pit musicians, technicians and crew will be presenting the popular musical,   Chicago High School Edition. In the meantime, there are lots of rehearsals and preparations going on, lots! I love the image of the iceburg, The Show/The Rehearsal; it is an absolute visual analogy of mounting any production. Think of it: these students are having to memorize what to say and sing harmonies in tune, know where to be and how to get there and what to do, etc, while others are playing a variety of musical genres at break-neck tempos in every possible key, or hanging fixtures from atop of a fifteen foot ladder and programming scenes in both incandescent and LED atmospheres.
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Fountain Performing Arts Centre Microphone System Upgraded

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Oct 24, 2019 10:27:00 PM

I want to take this opportunity to extend our most sincere thanks to   Ms. Eileen (Fountain) Richardson (1964-68)  for her generous contribution to our King’s-Edgehill School Performing Arts Programme; most specifically, the theatre microphone system.
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A 'bang-up' Job!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Oct 17, 2019 3:15:00 PM

Jeff Smith, Director of Visual & Performing Arts, is pleased to announce that we've expanded our Music Programme even further with the addition of a Drum Line under the capable tutelage of our mad physicist and paramount musician,   Mr. DJ DeCoste . Drum lines have always been a most popular entity in the United States and recently growing in popularity in Canadian high schools. With the whole-hearted support of our School Administration and Finance Department, he has acquired 5 new Yamaha marching snare drums, 3 new bass drums, 3 new pair of Sabian crash cymbals and 1 new quad tom tom drum, all with carrying racks, stands, sticks and mallets. Added to that are other drums that he had in inventory for quite some time. This new endeavour has been embraced by   Major Keith Hynes,   and this select group is now part of our routine Cadet training, working as a dedicated platoon. To give you a peek at the equipment and the group’s intentions, he has filmed their 1st practice which shows them preparing for an Open House demonstration. With the exception of one or two students, everyone is learning their new musical skill for the first time. At the moment,   Mr. DeCoste   has them focusing on time, integration, synchronicity, and fundamental rudiments, all with a dash of maneuvers. He is confident that as our School year unfolds, this conscientious ensemble will do a 'bang-up' job! Please   click here   to watch the video.
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Topics: Arts At KES, Cadets, ARTS

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