HFM academics, arts and music show touches on many shores
What could be better than a warm spring evening listening to music from around the world and perusing the work of local artists? It sounds like a street festival in lower Manhattan or on Beacon Hill, but it was instead the annual Academic, Arts and Music Festival put on Wednesday, May 25, by HFM BOCES Special Education students.
Great interpretations of Bob Dylan, Linkin Park and Matthew West by HFM Jansen Ave. students Dan Wolfe, Brandon Manchester and Joe Barry got people on their feet. Sweet renditions of such classics as Itsy Bitsy Spider, I’m a Little Teapot and Clementine reminded the audience of younger days.
The spotlight however, was on global music, art and history this evening as a large audience of family and friends celebrated the hard work, special talents and gifts of nearly 200 HFM students.
Students from several classrooms gathered to sing a series of fun songs with Chinese, African, Caribbean and Yiddish roots, all while accompanying themselves on international instruments.
Presented by music teacher Catherine Cole and art teacher Jamie Sedal-Ammann, the evening displays included Native American teepees, ancient Greek pottery, postcards from around the world and several environmentally themed academic displays.
Look in one direction and learn about protecting the earth, then turn around and admire a series of paintings accomplished using ice cubes.
Follow the little cheeping sound to a newly hatched chick on display at one side of the gallery, and then explore the origins and meaning of names in a fascinating demonstration on the other wall.
Perhaps the best part of the festival was watching the artists themselves.
Braeden Mosher proudly showed off an Animal Safari book his class wrote, designed and had produced.
Christopher Rumrill was happy to point out the Grecian urn he made among the large assortment.
And, a boy named Calvin was thrilled to show off his version of a western teepee.
It’s probably not fair to single out any of the wonderful performers, but for sheer enthusiasm and focus, Julia Murray’s solo of that American folk song, Oh My Darling Clementine, was a showstopper.
After enjoying the artwork and listening to the choruses, the evening wrapped up with excellent performances of three very diverse songs. Student Joe Berry gave a wonderful performance of singer Matthew West’s recent hit, “Hello My Name is.”
Brandon Manchester followed with an energetic solo of “In the End,” a song from Linkin Park’s debut album.
Student Dan Wolfe channeled his best Bob Dylan to close out the show, sporting a guitar and harmonica for his impressive interpretation of Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” accompanied by Ms. Lajeunesse and Mrs. Gonzales.
These and more photos are available on the HFM BOCES Facebook page: http://tinyurl.com/jhut2w2