Orchestra plays medley of classical music and jazz

By Arielle Maxner In the last orchestra concert of the year, Concert Strings, the Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra played pieces of varying styles at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica on April 12. “As a senior, it’s a little bit bittersweet,” said Josh Ha ’12, first chair clarinet player of Symphony. […]

Senior wins award

By Rebecca Nussbaum Although she lives mere miles from Hollywood, Elaine Tang ’12 produced her animated short film “El Monte” in Beijing this summer. The film documents the plight of 72 Thai workers imprisoned in a Southern California garment factory in 1995 who were paid less than one dollar for an 18-hour work day. It […]

Musicians to compete at Disneyland

  By David Gisser The Symphony Orchestra, Concert Strings and Wind Ensemble, as well as Chamber Singers and the Wolverine Chorus, will compete in the Heritage Festival Competition at Disneyland on Saturday. They will leave school on Saturday morning, compete, attend the awards ceremony and return late that night. The Symphony Orchestra will play “Variations […]

Orchestra teacher hosts, plays organ in concert

By Jack Goldfisher Orchestra director Mark Hilt sat down at the organ bench in Santa Monica’s First Presbyterian Church Saturday in a concert held by Jacaranda, a series of chamber music shows that he co-founded. The group’s purpose is to reintegrate classical music into Los Angeles culture and provide residents with music they might not […]

Jazz and performs 6 concerts in Argentina over spring break

By Eojin Choi With hundreds of Argentinians watching, Laurel Wayne ’13 stepped forward, gripping her trumpet tightly in her fingers. She stood alone at the front of the stage with the rest of the band backing her up. When the band finished the piece, the audience erupted into cheers and applause, Wayne said. The upper […]

From page to stage

SERIES A Thursday, April 19 at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 21 at 8 p.m., Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m.   Arc By Elana Zeltser ‘13 “Arc is the story of two girls helping each other through turning points in their lives and finding the strength to make some pretty important decisions. I love how […]

Sophomore's short film gains recognition

By Rachel Schwartz “Bookstore,” a short film entirely written, edited, directed and produced by Alex Haney ’14, was selected to be screened at both the National Film Festival for Talented Youth and the Sacramento International Film Festival. The film was also featured in the Harvard-Westlake Film Festival. Set in the upper school bookstore, the film […]

Through his lens

By Arielle Maxner “This girl dropped her pen, stuck her foot out and scratched her ankle,” art teacher Kevin O’Malley said. “She was wearing this ankle bracelet. I just went, ‘Whoo!’ That evening I wrote the first scene of ‘Bananafish Sandwich.’” “Bananafish Sandwich,” O’Malley’s screenplay, was the grand prize winner of the 2011 New Hampshire […]

Photo class investigats subcultures through art

By Megan Kawasaki Large clusters of photo prints were pinned onto the walls of Feldman-Horn Gallery for “(sub)culture,” an art show put on by students in Kevin O’Malley’s Photography III Class. Each of the 11 students in the class photographed distinct groups of people to depict subcultures such as school clubs and families. “It’s an […]

Gaulke explores motherhood, feminism in regional exhibitions

By Rachel Schwartz An art exhibition at the Santa Monica Airport gallery called “Breaking in Two: Provocative Visions of Motherhood” features a dyptich that includes images of upper school Visual Arts department chair Cheri Gaulke’s daughters Xochi and Marka Maberry-Gaulke ’12. One picture in the dyptich features her daughters posed like the William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s, mimicking […]