Weston New-Music School Director Japs Cunanan tells me that his students of all ages will be giving a recital this Saturday. The performances will give people (along with proud parents and friends) an idea of what is possible with music lessons.
The recital will take place at the Weston Hub and Mr. Cunanan will be there to answer questions about the school and whether or not music lessons will be a good fit for you or your child (yes he teaches adults too). Admission is free
While the snow fell down in buckets, Weston Colligate institute held their annual winter concert. The frightful weather didn’t hold any of the talents back, however. With performances from the school’s concert band, jazz band, choir, strings orchestra and countless solo acts; everyone in the audience had the time of their lives seeing the students perform. Parents, friends, students and community members braved the frigid temperatures to come see the show.
The choir kicked the night off, singing songs from hit musicals, and the classic Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis. As the night drew on the strings orchestra, Jazz and concert band played amazing instrumentals, that left the crowd speechless. The solo acts included piano duets, guitar ensembles, and even a beautiful singing solo. Every student involved in music at Weston brings their own unique sound and life to the school and music at Weston would not be the same if even just one of them was not there.
“I’ve been in the band for three years, and the winter concert is my favourite event. It really shows you how hard we’ve worked and really gets you in the holiday mood”, was what Italia Santoyo, a grade 11 student at Weston, had to say about the annual event.
The music department at Weston is run by Mr. Nadalin and is one of Weston’s most popular groups. He works tirelessly year-round to make sure that all the students involved in the music program are able to nurture their talents and showcase them to the world. Whether it be through encouraging them, teaching them and putting together two yearly concerts, Mr. Nadalin never fails to do an amazing job with his musicians. In a time where careers in the arts and music are looked down upon, Mr. Nadalin always makes sure his students know that they are extremely talented and never fails to make sure their talent is being appreciated.
“I’m really excited to perform but I don’t want to mess up. I’ve never played in front of a big crowd so I’m nervous and excited” –Isabella Truong, grade 9.
The bands and music council have been putting this concert together since the beginning of the school year, and their hard work was truly shown that night. Although the turnout was not as large as years previous, due to extreme weather; the enthusiasm of the musicians never faltered as they played and sang their hearts out. From heartwarming songs to classic holiday favourites, the band’s passion seemed to radiate off them and warmed the hearts of the guests.
While the weather outside was very frightful, the show was oh so delightful!
April 21st marked Weston Collegiate institute’s annual spring concert. The night was a blast filled with choir, guitar, orchestra, band and solo performances. The fun began at 6:30 with an amazing performance from the Weston choir. The audience was swaying and singing along to songs such as Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles and Seasons of Love from Rent!
As the first half of the concert progressed the acts kept getting better! Several solo acts performed songs on the piano, and sang before the first half closed with an amazing performance by the strings orchestra.
Mr. Nadalin, the school’s music teacher, then invited the crowd to the bake sale and art show, in the cafeteria. The art show consisted of everything from acrylic paint on canvas to crazy designs made in Photoshop, and everything in between! The school has countless artistic classes including visual design, photography and visual art. Every arts class submitted the best works made by students. Crowds were drawn to the beautiful artwork and students whose work was on displayed excitedly showed their friends and family. After the excitement from the art had subsisted, audience members filled back into the auditorium for the second half of the concert.
The students came back strong with solo acts performing songs from the Beatles, Bruno Mars and even One Direction! Then came on the concert band, one of the highlights of the night. Concert band is made up of every student who take music at Weston and has jazz, string and percussion instruments. They started off their act with a bang, literally! They played Bang Bang by Jessie J, followed by Yesterday by the Beatles and Gangnam Style by PSY.
As the concert band finished, the jazz band began! The school’s jazz band is made up of the best musicians in the school, who play jazz instruments. They wowed the crowd with hits like I Want to Hold Your Hand by the Beatles, Final Countdown by Europe and 1989 in dedication to Prince. They closed their amazing performance by playing Shake it off by Taylor Swift, featuring a killer clarinet solo.
The night was a huge success, according to Mr. Nadalin and the musicians. “[the concert] is the highlight of the year for me. It always brings the band and school together and everyone has a great time.” Stefan Thomas, a grade 12 student, stated. Concerts at Weston are a tradition the mood stayed high throughout the school even after the event had concluded.
“These four years working with Nadalin was amazing. I’m so sad that this is the last concert I’ll be in at Weston.” Toruna Deokaran.
Weston Collegiate never fails to put on an amazing show and community members, parents and students alike, know for a fact that any event the school puts on will be a great time. Everyone who attended the concert agreed they wished the musicians didn’t take a rest, so they could enjoy their music for longer!
This post is sponsored by:Patricia, who thinks that you should get out and enjoy the Humber River.