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Woodlands Academy hosts Fine Arts Evening

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  • Woodlands Academy award-winning choral group Kaleidoscope will perform during Fine Arts Evening May 15.

    Woodlands Academy award-winning choral group Kaleidoscope will perform during Fine Arts Evening May 15.
    Courtesy of Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart

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If it's arts you want, then Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart is the place to be Wednesday, May 15, for Fine Arts Evening.

It will feature drawing, printmaking, painting, ceramics and photography, plus performances from national award-winning choral groups and orchestra. The annual event, which is free to the public, is set for 6-8:30 p.m. at Woodlands Academy, 760 E. Westleigh Road, Lake Forest.

The evening begins with a gallery show of 35 students' works that will have already been judged by independent artists. The art will be on display one week prior to May 15.

"I take great pride in our students' work because it truly represents their personal expression. I feel so lucky to literally be able to display the tremendous effort in the artwork they have created," said Catherine DeVuono, art teacher at Woodlands Academy since 2006.

Photography teacher Jamie Tuttle explained she will have 24 students display their work, which includes film and digital images, plus more advanced Tintypes.

"Overall, the quality of the work is quite high," said Tuttle, a Woodlands Academy teacher for 23 years. "The images are personal and meaningful to the girls."

Musical performances featuring about 60 students will begin at 7 p.m. in the school chapel and include award-winning choirs Kaleidoscope, under the direction of Elizabeth Kurowski, and Microscope, a 10-member, student-directed choir under the direction of senior Jeong Lim Kim from Long Grove.

The other featured groups are the JV-Kaleidoscope: A Choir'd Taste and the renowned Woodlands Orchestra under the direction of Brandon Keith Brown of Chicago.

"Some of the high school talent in the area is the best talent around. The teenagers are amazing," said Kurowski, a Mundelein resident who has been teaching music at Woodlands for 22 years.

"The evening will give listeners insight into the culmination of our educational process from the past school year. This event is one of only three annual concerts where the community can hear all of our music groups perform. We sound our best at the spring concert."

Each group will perform three or four numbers, and there also will be a combined choral piece. Kaleidoscope will be accompanied by junior Yue Sheng Wang and freshman Yige Tang. An additional accompanist will be Erik Swisher, a senior at Lake Forest High School.

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