Sabato ('Tino') D'Agostino leads the pit orchestra.
Sabato ('Tino') D'Agostino leads the pit orchestra during a rehearsal of 'Wonderful Town' in March.

UPDATED, May 6: The Arlington High School (AHS) Department of Performing Arts invited the public to celebrate spring with a Pops concert held at Town Hall at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 5, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6. 

First-floor table seats in the festively decorated hall were $15.  Balcony seats as well as tickets for children (under 10) and senior citizens were $10. Plates of sweet or savory snacks as well as beverages were be available for purchase. 

In addition, an open rehearsal for students and senior citizens took place at 6 p.m. Friday, May 4, with balcony seats (only) at $5.

Those who’ve been to AHS Pops concerts know they’re every bit as professional as those offered at Symphony Hall in Boston, not to mention cheaper and more convenient.  Moreover, if you would like to wish someone a happy Mother’s Day a week in advance, come to AHS Pops and follow Irving Berlin’s advice to “say it with music.”  

The AHS Madrigal Singers and Chorale are under the direction of Madalyn Kitchen; the AHS Jazz Band, Honors Orchestra, Concert Band, and Full Orchestra are under the direction of Sabato (“Tino”) D’Agostino.  A few highlights of the program include:

Honors orchestra: Danzón No. 2 by Arturo Marquez, a nine-minute Latin-influenced classical piece made famous by the Simón Bolívar Orchestra under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel, now also music director of the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra.  

Concert band: George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, which premiered on Feb. 12, 1924, in Aeolian Hall, New York, by Paul Whiteman and his band with Gershwin at the piano. This piece will feature Nat Heitmann ‘18 as piano soloist.

Presto and andante of the Rimsky-Korsakov Trombone Concerto with soloist Amy Cunniff ’18.

Madrigal singers: “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by the Eurythmics, arranged by Hannah Alton ’18, will be sung by the sopranos and altos, and “Love Potion No. 9” by Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, arranged by Ben Horsburgh ’19, will be performed by the tenors and basses with soloists Ben Hoffinger ’18, Nat Heitmann ’18, and Henri Choi “18. 

Chorale: “The Isle is full of Noises” by Paul Ayers with text by Shakespeare and the Chinese poet Bai Juyi.  This song includes some Chinese text and, as choral director Madalyn Kitchen noted, “At AHS we always have several Chinese exchange students in our choirs, so I wanted to include their language in this performance as well as some harmonies that are less commonly heard in Western music.”  

 “Jolene” by Dolly Parton and Pentatonix with soprano soloist Aisling Rafferty ’18 and fiddle soloist Caroline Dressler “18.

Jazz band and madrigal singers: “Sing, Sing, Sing” written by Louis Prima and popularized by the Benny Goodman Band.  As Kitchen observed, “This is the first time these two AHS ensembles have performed together.  It will blow the audience away because of the agility and pure skill it takes to pull it off.”

Full orchestra: “Salt Peanuts” by Dizzy Gillespie, featuring tap dancer Jackson Clayton ’18.   

Chorale, full orchestra, and concert band (in the balcony):  “When You Believe” by Stephen Schwartz from The Prince of Egypt, with soloists Sylvie Remillard ’18, Ben Horsburgh ’19, and Ella Simring ’20.  


This news announcement was published Sunday, April 29, 2018, and updated May 1, to add program details.

AHS Pops springs forward at Town Hall
 
Carla DeFord
 
The Arlington High School (AHS) Department of Performing Arts invites you to celebrate spring with a Pops concert held at Town Hall on Saturday, May 5, at 7 pm and Sunday, May 6, at 2 pm.  First-floor table seats in the festively decorated hall are $15.  Balcony seats as well as tickets for children (under 10) and senior citizens are $10.  Plates of sweet or savory snacks as well as beverages will be available for purchase.  In addition, an open rehearsal for students and senior citizens will take place on Friday, May 4, at 6 pm with balcony seats (only) at $5.
 
Those who’ve been to AHS Pops concerts know they’re every bit as professional as those offered at Symphony Hall in Boston, not to mention cheaper and more convenient.  Moreover, if you would like to wish someone a happy Mother’s Day a week in advance, come to AHS Pops and follow Irving Berlin’s advice to “say it with music.”  
 
The AHS Madrigal Singers and Chorale are under the direction of Madalyn Kitchen; the AHS Jazz Band, Honors Orchestra, Concert Band, and Full Orchestra are under the direction of Sabato (“Tino”) D’Agostino.  A few highlights of the program include:
 
Honors orchestra: Danzón No. 2 by Arturo Marquez, a nine-minute Latin-influenced classical piece made famous by the Simón Bolívar Orchestra under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel, now also music director of the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra.  
 
Concert band: George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, which premiered on February 12, 1924, in Aeolian Hall, New York, by Paul Whiteman and his band with Gershwin at the piano. This piece will feature Nat Heitmann ‘18 as piano soloist.
 
Presto and andante of the Rimsky-Korsakov Trombone Concerto with soloist Amy Cunniff ’18.
 
Madrigal singers: “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by the Eurythmics, arranged by Hannah Alton ’18, will be sung by the sopranos and altos, and “Love Potion No. 9” by Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, arranged by Ben Horsburgh ’19, will be performed by the tenors and basses with soloists Ben Hoffinger ’18, Nat Heitmann ’18, and Henri Choi “18. 
 
Chorale: “The Isle is full of Noises” by Paul Ayers with text by Shakespeare and the Chinese poet Bai Juyi.  This song includes some Chinese text and, as choral director Madalyn Kitchen noted, “At AHS we always have several Chinese exchange students in our choirs, so I wanted to include their language in this performance as well as some harmonies that are less commonly heard in Western music.”  
 
 “Jolene” by Dolly Parton and Pentatonix with soprano soloist Aisling Rafferty ’18 and fiddle soloist Caroline Dressler “18.
 
Jazz band and madrigal singers: “Sing, Sing, Sing” written by Louis Prima and popularized by the Benny Goodman Band.  As Kitchen observed, “This is the first time these two AHS ensembles have performed together.  It will blow the audience away because of the agility and pure skill it takes to pull it off.”
 
Full orchestra: “Salt Peanuts” by Dizzy Gillespie, featuring tap dancer Jackson Clayton ’18.   
 
Chorale, full orchestra, and concert band (in the balcony):  “When You Believe” by Stephen Schwartz from The Prince of Egypt, with soloists Sylvie Remillard ’18, Ben Horsburgh ’19, and Ella Simring ’20.