Weekly Feature

2017-05-17 / Education

O’Hara schedules Fine Arts Night

Cardinal O’Hara High School in the Town of Tonawanda will hold Fine Arts Night, highlighting the school’s music, art and dance departments, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, at 39 O’Hara Road.

The visual arts department, coordinated by art teacher Helene Herby, will exhibit the students’ artwork in the halls, including black and white photography, watercolor, tempura, collage and acrylic works.

“Our Studio in Art students concentrated on themes, particularly the psychology and symbolism of color as well as color therapy,” Herby said in a press release. “In addition, the watercolor class was so enthusiastic with the medium that they’ve continued to create artwork in watercolor.”

The program in the school’s Performing Art Center will focus on the Concert Band along with the Wind Ensemble, taught by Jill DeSantis, orchestra and instrumental director.

“This year we will feature a combined program with the choral groups with selections from ‘Phantom of the Opera.’ The students are very excited about [the] selections, especially the ‘Great Locomotive Chase.’ In my 15 years of teaching, this is the one concert that I’m most excited about.”

Sarah Tripi, who directs the O’Hara choral groups, said this part of the program will feature musical numbers by the Song Corps, chorus and a special combined presentation by the a cappella singers.

“We’re being very theatrical this year, and the students love singing the tribute to John Lennon,” Tripi said.

Dance performances taught by dance director Patti Meyer will also be part of the program.

“My three classes and my after-school club are each doing a dance,” she said. “Two jazz dances as well as a tap routine will set the tone for the performance. The after-school dance club is performing a lyrical piece as well.”

The event is free. For more information, contact the school at 695-2600, ext. 312.

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